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Achievements

EDGE through the years

2019-11

Gharial discovered breeding in South West Nepal for the first time in 37 years

Ashish Bashyal holding a juvenile gharial

EDGE Fellow Ashish Bashyal recorded over 100 gharial hatchlings in Bardia National Park, Nepal, where gharial have not been recorded breeding since 1982. This discovery was widely reported by international media.

2019-10

IUCN Phylogenetic Diversity Task Force Established

Phylogenetic Diversity Task Force logo

An IUCN Phylogenetic Diversity Task Force is established to provide leadership and guidance on the inclusion of phylogenetic diversity in conservation strategies.

2019-09

EDGE hosts Coral Red List Workshop

Coral Red List Workshop attendees at ZSL

EDGE hosts a workshop of coral experts to initiate a Red List assessment update for more than 800 Scleractinia coral species, which have not been reviewed for the past decade.

2019-09

2019 Conservation Leadership Course

2019 Conservation Leadership course attendees

London
The 2018 cohort of EDGE Fellows attended a two week Conservation Leadership training course at ZSL, on scaling up their projects post-Fellowship.

2019-08

First population estimate for the Cuban Greater Funnel-eared bat

Cuban funnel eared bat

Jose de la Cruz Mora uses nail polish to mark Cuban greater funnel-eared bats and produce the first population estimate for the species. This discovery was widely reported in international media.

2019-07

EDGE EDBE Expedition to Guatemala

Central American River Turtle

Patagonia, Argentina

The EDGE Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expedition team travel to Guatemala to work on the Central American river turtle.

2019-07

Capacity Building for Conservation Conference hosted by EDGE

Capacity Building for Conservation conference

The 2019 Capacity Building for Conservation Conference was hosted by EDGE at ZSL London Zoo and attended by over 100 delegates each day.

2019-05

First Episode of the EDGE of Existence Podcast Released

EDGE Podcast logo

First produced and hosted by EDGE Storytelling Intern Ignatius Nalletamby, the first episode of the EDGE Podcast interviews EDGE staff Rikki Gumbs, Claudia Gray and Charlie Debenham to give an introduction to the programme.

2019-04

Emmanuel Amoah Awarded the First Segré Species Survival Award

Emmanuel Amoah Awarded the First Segré Species Survival Award

Segré EDGE Fellow Emmanuel Amoah was awarded the first Segré Species Survival Award for his work to conserve the West African slender-snouted crocodile in Ghana. The award is for one year and will enable him to implement the actions outlined in his EDGE species survival blueprint through a £30,000 grant and continuing mentorship from the ZSL EDGE of Existence Team.

 

2019-03

Conservation workshop held in Panama

Conservation workshop held in Panama

EDGE Marine Biologist Fran Cabada and EDGE Lat Am Regional Projects Manager Davi Teles provided conservation training to 31 people, as part of a project aimed at inventorying the biodiversity of terrestrial systems on Escudo de Veraguas Island, of which the pygmy sloth project run by EDGE Affiliate Diorene is a key component. Among the attendees were researchers, students and government officials.

2019-01

Fellows Tools Course to Borneo

Fellows Tools Course to Borneo

Borneo

The 2019 cohort of EDGE fellows take part in a training course in Borneo to aid in their two year conservation projects.

2018-12

Launch of EDGE Sharks & Rays

Great hammerhead, Sphyrna mokarran

Our new priority list of EDGE sharks was featured worldwide, along with our favourite top ten.

2018-09

Protected area established for Togo slippery frog

Protected area established for Togo slippery frog

Ghana

EDGE Affiliate Caleb Ofori Boateng successfully petitions government to establish an 847-acre protected area to safeguard habitat for his EDGE species, the Togo slippery frog, as well as numerous other threatened species which reside in the area.

2018-09

2018 Conservation Leadership Course

2018 Conservation Leadership Course

London

The 2017 cohort of EDGE Fellows attended a two week Conservation Leadership training course at ZSL, on scaling up their projects post-Fellowship.

2018-08

New population of granular salamander discovered

New population of granular salamander discovered

Mexico

EDGE Fellow Alejandro Calzada discovers a new population of the Critically Endangered granular salamander in the state of Estado de México and Michoacán. This finding is significant as this is the only known population to reside within a protected area or reserve in Mexico.

2018-08

EDGE Hero Awardees Announced

EDGE Hero Awardees Announced

Former EDGE Fellows (Affiliates) Abdullahi Hussein Ali (Hirola), Kini Ignacio Roesler (Hooded Grebe) and Jose Alfredo Hernández Díaz (Taylor’s Salamander) became EDGE Heroes!

The EDGE Heroes Award consists of £30,000 of funding over 2 years, enabling Affiliates to scale up their Fellowship project and put into practice the recommendations made in their Survival Blueprint.

2018-07

Esteban Brenes Mora awarded UNESCO Young Scientist Award

Esteban Brenes Mora awarded UNESCO Young Scientist Award

EDGE Affiliate Esteban Brenes Mora is awarded the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) Young Scientist Award for his research on tapir populations and their protection in the Savegre Biosphere Reserve and La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, Costa Rica. Read more here.

2018-07

Street artist Louis Masai paints EDGE murals at ZSL London Zoo

Street artist Louis Masai paints EDGE murals at ZSL London Zoo

Louis Masai produces 6 stunning murals of EDGE species, to celebrate 10 years of the EDGE programme and to highlight the work that ZSL and EDGE is doing to protect them.

2018-04

Launch of EDGE Reptiles

Mary River Turtle

Our new priority list of EDGE reptiles was featured worldwide, along with our favourite top ten.

2018-03

Project Planning – Online Learning Course Launched

Project Planning – Online Learning Course Launched

Our online learning team launch the online course “Project Planning” for conservation projects.