EDGE Madagascar 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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  • Madagascar EDGE Conservation Tools training course 2016
    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, reptile, bird and coral EDGE species.
  • Welcome to Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
    In November 2016, twelve 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 Centre ValBio surrounded by some of Madagascar’s finest wildlife!
  • Camera trapping
    Through a series of lectures, hands-on practical’s and assessments, participants were taught four core modules: the principles of conservation biology, ecological monitoring, social science surveying techniques and applied conservation action.
  • Evenings with the lemurs
    The wildlife kept a tight schedule. Evening visits to the neighbouring lemurs ensured we had no early nights.
  • Lemurs everywhere
    We were lucky enough to see seven species of lemur during the course including the red-bellied lemur (Eulemur rubriventer)
  • Reptile paradise
    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.
  • Practical training
    This involved training in species identification and disease swabbing
  • Conservation is not just about the animals
    As well as the theory and practical application the group learnt all about community engagement and social science
  • Small mammal surveys
    Early each morning the small mammal traps, which were baited the night before, were checked for small mammals
  • Practising handling animals and collecting data
    The animals were carefully identified and measured by the Fellows before being released back into the wild
  • Fellows present their work to the group
    Each of the course participants delivered a presentation on their projects including Sylviane from Madagascar
  • Safety in the forest
    Everyone came up with very creative solutions on the health and safety scenario day
  • Mapping with QGIS
    The Fellows learnt QGIS and statistics to apply in their Fellowship projects
  • Invertebrate spotting
    Local invertebrates kept us entertained during the coffee breaks
  • King of camouflage
    But the mossy tailed gecko in Ranomafana National Park was possibly the highlight for all. Can you spot it?
  • 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, learn more here