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Achievements

EDGE through the years

2012-04

Coral Tree of Life Published

Coral Tree of Life Published
London

Danwei Huang’s new paper on the Scleractinian (reef-building) coral tree of life resulted in EDGE scores for all coral species, producing the Top 25 EDGE corals list.

2011-11

2011 Conservation Tools Training Course – Nepal

2011 Conservation Tools Training Course – Nepal
Nepal

New fellows from around the world joined the EDGE team in Nepal. Over four weeks, they were trained in conservation biology, ecological monitoring, social surveying and action planning.

2011-09

Reforestation programme for the Slender Loris

Reforestation programme for the Slender Loris
Sri Lanka

After the success of the the slender loris campaign, ZSL EDGE scientist Craig Turner travelled out to help the local communities begin replanting native species of vegetation, reconnecting existing forest patches and promoting environmental awareness.

2011-07

First EDGE Coral Reefs Training Course

First EDGE Coral Reefs Training Course
Hoga, Indonesia

Eight early-career conservationists spent three weeks learning vital skills in research, monitoring and management of coral reefs, which are essential to preserving the biodiversity of the world's oceans. View a slideshow of the course here.

2011-01

Launch Of EDGE Corals

Launch Of EDGE Corals

2010-09

Boni Forest Sengi Caught on Camera

Boni Forest Sengi Caught on Camera
Kenya

While searching for the golden-rumped elephant shrew, EDGE Fellow Grace Wambui captured the first images of the Boni Forest Sengi, possibly a new species of elephant shrew. Read about it here.

2010-07

Rediscovery of Horton Plains Slender Loris

Rediscovery of Horton Plains Slender Loris
Sri Lanka

ZSL EDGE scientists reported the first close examination in 70 years of this slender loris subspecies after more than 200 hours of surveys.

An online campaign by EDGE raised over £5,000 for a reforestation programme to help the loris populations recover.

2009-10

Launch of the Last Survivors Project

Launch of the Last Survivors Project
Dominican Republic

A three-year conservation project for the Hispaniolan solenodon and Hispaniolan hutia (pictured) received support from the Darwin Initiative.

The project was coordinated by EDGE and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Read more about the Last Survivors project here.

2009-08

2009 Conservation Leadership Course

2009 Conservation Leadership Course
London

EDGE Fellows attend a two week Conservation Leadership training course at ZSL to provide them with the skills necessary to scale up their projects following the end of their fellowship.

2009-06

President of Liberia Visits Sapo National Park

President of Liberia Visits Sapo National Park

Liberia

Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was reportedly excited by the wild pygmy hippo photos taken in 2008, so she paid a visit to Sapo National Park and met rangers like our Fellow John Konie, calling on the people of Liberia to protect their animals and forests.

2008-12

“Animals at the EDGE” Book Published

“Animals at the EDGE” Book Published
A great educational resource for the EDGE Programme and some of the key species that we are trying to save from extinction. The exciting stories are accompanied by amazing photography, so whether you are seven or seventy you can join the scientists on their adventures around the world.

Buy a copy and help contribute to our conservation work!

2008-09

First EDGE Conservation Leadership Training Course

First EDGE Conservation Leadership Training Course
London

The first ever cohort of EDGE Fellows joins the EDGE team at ZSL to receive training which will allow them to further develop the skills needed to be successful conservation professionals.

2008-03

First Photographic Records Taken of Wild Pygmy Hippos in Liberia

First Photographic Records Taken of Wild Pygmy Hippos in Liberia
Liberia

EDGE Fellow John Konie and a team from ZSL made the first photographic records of wild pygmy hippos from Liberia, and the second ever footage filmed globally.

2008-01

Launch of EDGE Amphibians

Launch of EDGE Amphibians

2007-12

Woodlark Island Cuscus Saved from Extinction

Woodlark Island Cuscus Saved from Extinction
Papua New Guinea

After a huge public response to an online campaign sparked by an EDGE blog, the Malaysian company Vitroplant abandoned its plans to convert Woodlark Island to oil palm plantations, successfully saving the habitat of local populations of the woodlark cuscus.

2007-07

Confirmation of the Existence of Sir David’s Echidna

Confirmation of the Existence of Sir David’s Echidna
Papua New Guinea

Scientists from ZSL undertook initial survey work and found physical signs that confirmed the presence of this elusive echidna.

One of its closest relatives is the eastern long-beaked echidna (pictured) also endemic to the island of New Guinea.

2007-05

Hispaniolan Solenodon rediscovery

Hispaniolan Solenodon rediscovery
Haiti

The Hispaniolan solenodon was believed to be extinct in Haiti until ZSL scientists visited the remote mountainous region of the Massif de la Hotte and discovered a remnant population.

2007-01

Launch of EDGE

Launch of EDGE

Zoological Society of London

ZSL's EDGE of Existence Programme is the first and only global initiative specifically developed to conserve the world’s most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) animals.

Our first EDGE Fellow, Uuganbadrakh Oyunkhishig from Mongolia, is appointed to study the long-tailed jerboa.