EDGE is an ambitious conservation and counter-poaching organization providing support for wildlife in Africa through research, technology, education and security.
Innovation to Conservation.
The fight to save endangered species must not merely be reactive. We’re working in the future: consulting and facilitating shared information to areas that are not yet in crisis — but may soon be.
[Hosting an International Wildlife Security Conference and facilitating information sharing between top minds in science and security, every success and every development must be shared. Wildlife behavior evolves and poaching escalates: to be effective, we must be innovative and imaginative.]
It’s not enough to stop poachers in the act: we want to stop them from ever being recruited.
[ Many of those recruited into poaching have never even seen the animals they hunt and kill. EDGE has roots. We have unique relationships in local communities around our areas of operation. EDGE provides solar lighting to communities to help children study. We bring conservation awareness through art instruction and photography programs, and are working to support sewing centers and economic opportunities. Communities are on the frontlines of conservation, and theirs is the birthright to the incredible animals we strive to protect. ]
Radical solutions to change the game in counter poaching.
[EDGE supports K9 programs, nightvision tactics, network communications and other innovations from the top minds in Special Operations. We develop new tactics with Rangers on the front lines of the poaching war, with resources — human and technological — never before introduced to counter poaching efforts. EDGE wants highly trained, capable, quick reaction rangers enabled with the right cutting edge equipment. We work to see that realized in the field in African Parks, including Kruger National Park, and — for the first time in history — African Rangers to the United States for Professional Development. ]
Bringing wildlife back the right way with genetic research and barrier innovations.
[Moving and growing big animal populations the right way: with thorough genetic mapping, new technology to avoid human elephant conflict and . We have installed and developed laboratories to build maps of elephant and other big game populations to allow for smart movement of animals from overpopulated to underpopulated areas. We also study the effects of Big Game Hunting on park populations. It’s one thing to breed and move at risk or endangered animals to grow numbers. EDGE aims to do it the right way, with local knowledge and scientific understanding to achieve natural populations and sustainable balance. ]
EDGE’s core team has backgrounds and current experience in US Army Research, Woods Hole Research Institute, International business, special ops and entertainment. Our staff is international, with coordinators, researchers and partners in several countries. We're a collaborative team.
Due to the unique nature and security concerns of some of our work, we do not post our bios online, but we can share our stories with donors. Our strategic partners include a variety of technology companies, businesses, and individuals with significant on-the-ground experience.
Last week we did something special. The EDGE team had the privilege of bringing internationally famous artist Rob Prior to Limpopo, South Africa where we provided art supplies to underprivileged kids from a local community.
Next week, world-renown pop artist Rob Prior of Los Angeles will travel with EDGE (Eco Defense Group) to Limpopo, South Africa to paint elephant, rhino and other great species for fundraising at Itaga Lodge and