Chap. iii — EDGE Species

Meet Our Ambassadors

EDGE species represent the most diverse, unique and threatened lineages on the planet. Many possess extraordinary looks, behaviours and traits not seen in any other species. They are an irreplaceable part of our world’s evolutionary heritage. With few or no close relatives, they represent an entire branch of the tree of life. If they disappear, there will be nothing like them left on Earth.

Unfortunately, they are little known to the general public with 9 out of 10 of the top EDGE species receiving insufficient conservation attention. Their challenges are many, but mostly include habitat loss, invasive species, illegal trade, pollution, climate change and over-consumption of natural resources.

Learn more about the five EDGE animals we are championing to raise the profile of these unique and endangered species as ambassadors for all of biodiversity.