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The Edge of Existence launches; aims to protect 100 most overlooked species


The Guardian reports on the Edge, a new project which aims to call attention to the most overlooked yet endangered animals on the planet:

"Some of the planet's rarest and most unusual animals will be the focus of an ambitious conservation project launched today by British scientists. The plan will focus on animals traditionally overlooked by conservationists, and will allow the public to track and donate to individual projects via a new website. Led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Edge project has identified 100 species of mammals that have the fewest relatives left alive in the wild, making them the world's most genetically-unique mammals. The 10 most endangered, including the Yanghtze river dolphin [already declared extinct?] and bumblebee bat, will be the focus of the first year's work. Jonathan Baillie of ZSL said the aim was to prevent hundreds of unique species from sliding unnoticed towards extinction."

Full story: Scientists aim to save lesser-known mammals at risk of extinction