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The EDGE of Existence Programme highlights and protects some of the most unique species on the planet, which are on the verge of extinction.


These weird and wonderful species are Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered. Representing a unique and irreplaceable part of our world’s biodiversity, many EDGE species have been overlooked by conservationists – until now.

Explore our conservation work around the world, from Fellows to Projects to Expeditions, to learn more about these amazing species and support our efforts to maintain the diversity of life.


The EDGE of Existence programme is the only global conservation initiative to focus specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. Using a scientific framework to prioritise little-known EDGE species, we put these species on the map and catalyse conservation action to secure their future.


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Fifteen Footsteps Forward

This year marks 15 years since the EDGE of Existence programme was launched in 2007! To date, we’re proud to have supported 129 EDGE...
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What’s in a colour?

A lot more than you might think. I’m sure everyone has looked at an animal and admired it for its striking colours or unique...
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