All around the world, across habitats, across taxa and for all kinds of reasons, once-discovered species have fallen off our radar. These lost species are animals or plants that have gone unseen for years or decades and are feared possibly extinct. In order to save these species, we first need to find them.

In collaboration with more than 100 scientists, Global Wildlife Conservation has compiled a list of 1,200 species of animals and plants that are missing to science. From this list we have teased the top 25 “most wanted” species in the world. Quirky, charismatic and elusive, these species are global flagships for conservation.

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From the dark depths of the ocean to the bottom of running freshwater rivers, from the lush jungles of the tropics, to the seemingly barren wastelands of the desert, the Search for Lost Species is exploring some of the most remote and uncharted wild places on Earth. We’ll be searching in some of the planet’s forgotten biodiversity-rich places, providing opportunities for GWC to do what it does best: work with partners on the ground to protect species across habitats.

But this is about much more than the expeditions GWC is directly involved in. We’re calling on others to join the search and conduct their own expeditions for the lost species that have captured their hearts. GWC is working with teams and individuals the world over to publicize their stories of rediscovery and adventure as part of this shared campaign of hope and celebration.  

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The Search for Lost Species is brought to you by Global Wildlife Conservation, an Austin-based organization that envisions a thriving Earth where all life flourishes. GWC conserves the diversity of life on Earth by safeguarding wildlands, protecting wildlife and supporting guardians. GWC maximizes impact through scientific research, biodiversity exploration, habitat conservation, protected area management, wildlife crime prevention, endangered species recovery, and conservation leadership cultivation.

Over the coming months we are raising support to send these expeditions in search of lost species, and you can help get our teams out into the field. Make a donationbecome a corporate sponsor of the initiative or sponsor a specific expedition, and learn more ways to get involved. Want more info? Contact us at


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