The next stop on our journey across the tree of life will be the EDGE Birds. Unusual and threatened species such as the Philippine monkey-eating eagle (one of the largest, rarest and most powerful birds in the world), the maleo (which uses geothermal energy to incubate its eggs) and the California condor will be flying onto our programme soon.
Birds are threatened by habitat destruction, over-collection for the pet trade and food market, disease, climate change and introduced species. Find out which species are most at risk and what you can do to help protect them by visiting the website next year. More information on birds can be found on the Birdlife International website.
Also coming into our programme are the magnificent EDGE sharks. The world’s most evolutionary distinct sharks, rays and chimaera have been scored. The next step is to assess their global endangerment status (According to the IUCN Red List, almost half of all sharks, rays and chimaeras are classed as 'Data Deficient’). These creatures have been swimming in our oceans for over 400 million years; yet the existence of many of these weird and wonderful species is threatened by overfishing, as well as habitat degradation due to coastal development, pollution and climate change.
We aim to develop conservation programmes for EDGE fish, reptiles, and various plant groups in the near future. For more information on conserving threatened plants and fungi visit the website of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.