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.

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The Search for Lost Species is a campaign of Global Wildlife Conservation, an Austin-based organization that conserves the diversity of life on Earth by preserving wildlands, restoring wildlife and engaging with global guardians. GWC has worked to conserve wildlife in more than 40 countries, helped establish more than 20 new nature reserves, and protected more than 100 endangered species and 20,000 species overall.

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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