EDGE Costa Rica Slideshow

EDGE regional training courses are the first stage of the EDGE Fellowship scheme, a two-year training programme designed to equip early-career conservationists working on EDGE species with the tools to become successful conservation leaders. The rigorous training component of the scheme ensures that Fellows gain the scientific grounding and practical experience to plan and implement their Fellowship projects and make a significant contribution to the conservation of their focal species.

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  • Welcome to Costa Rica
    Each year, as part of the EDGE Fellowship programme, ZSL runs an EDGE Conservation Tools training course, bringing together early-career conservationists from around the globe working on mammal, amphibian, bird and coral EDGE species. © Cassandra Murray/ZSL
  • EDGE Conservation Tools training course 2015
    In January 2015, eight international participants joined experts from ZSL for four action packed weeks of intensive training in the tools required to design, implement and manage successful conservation projects. This year it was based at the very beautiful Cano Palma Biological Station in Costa Rica (www.coterc.org). © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • In the classroom
    Through a series of lectures, hands-on practicals and assessments, participants were taught four core modules: the principles of conservation biology, ecological monitoring, social science surveying techniques and applied conservation action. © Kirsty Richards / ZSL
  • Natures alarm clock
    The Costa Rican wildlife kept a tight schedule. Early morning calls from the howler monkeys ensured we were all awake at the crack of dawn. © Kahlil Panopio / ZSL
  • Lights, camera, ACTION!
    To practice the media training that they had been given, each participant underwent a series of interview scenarios. The interviews were played back to the group for constructive criticism and comment. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Practical training
    Being surrounded by reptiles and amphibians on camp provided a lot of opportunities for the participants to gain hands on training in herpetological survey techniques. This involved species identification and disease swabbing © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Amphibian paradise
    Strawberry poison dart frogs were abundant on camp; keeping the amphibian course participants (and others!) entertained © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Careful where you step
    The jungle catches Alfredo unaware. Emptying a wet boot was a regular occurrence during the evening amphibian and reptile surveys © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Small mammal surveys
    Early each morning the Sherman traps, which were baited the night before, were checked for small mammals. The animals were identified and measured by the Fellows before being released back into the wild. © Kirsty Richards / ZSL
  • Fellows present their projects
    Each of the course participants delivered a presentation on their projects. Esteban from Costa Rica teaches the group about his focal species, Baird’s tapir. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Camera trapping
    Camera trap surveys being showcased by the ZSL team © Kirsty Richards / ZSL
  • The wetter the better
    Turns out it rains a lot in the rainforest. Kahlil gives up on his wellies and chooses a kayak to navigate around camp © Kirsty Richards / ZSL
  • 14 nationalities!
    A rare opportunity to have so many different nationalities all in the same place. A great place to learn about other cultures and conservation! ©Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Bird surveys
    Bird surveys were a new addition to this year’s course. Due to the release of last year’s EDGE bird list we now have our first ever EDGE bird Fellows. © Kahlil Panopio / ZSL
  • Graduation celebrations!
    All of the participants successfully completed the training course and were presented with certificates to mark their achievements. The EDGE team is now working with the course participants to support and develop their projects. If you are interested in attending the next training course and becoming an EDGE Fellow, please contact fellows@edgeofexistence.org. © Kirsty Richards / ZSL