“The race is on to rediscover a list of 25 species.”

Huffington Post  |  April 2017

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Lost Species Blog

The Search for Lost Species is a campaign about hope and adventure. Our blog explores these amazing stories of species lost--and the incredible individuals on a mission to ensure they are found and protected.

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Rat Kind–With the Hind Legs to Prove It

It is in the everyday that we uncover miracles. And it is in Baja California that we rediscover lost species. When researchers Scott Tremor and Sula Vanderplank from the San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat) ...

Putting Crabs on the Map: Rediscovering Lost Species in Western Cameroon

For Dr. Pierre A. Mvogo Ndongo, the rediscovery of the Edea Crab and Balss’s Crab, two species only known from museum samples preserved for more than a century, was an important milestone in his doctoral research...

Against the Odds: Panama’s Lost Frogs Cling to Life in Chytrid’s Wake

Hope can arrive in all different shapes and sizes. For biologists Dr. Cori Richards-Zawacki and Dr. Jamie Voyles, in 2012 hope came in the shape of a small black and golden frog sitting atop a mossy boulder...

Lostcast: Broadcasting the Search for the Lost Saki Monkey

When Dr. Laura K. Marsh originally got the idea to take a houseboat through the Amazon watershed in search of the Vanzolini’s Bald-faced Saki Monkey, she had no doubt: she wanted to broadcast the entire adventure...

Search for the Pink-headed Duck: The Interviews

If you’ve been following GWC’s Search for Lost Species initiative, then you know that recently my team was out looking for the lost Pink-headed Duck in Kachin State, Myanmar...

Preparing for the Pink-headed Duck Expedition, Myanmar 2017

In preparation for our team’s Myanmar expedition in search of the Pink-headed Duck, this past summer my partner, Pilar Bueno, and I gave ourselves two months in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra Almijara Mountains...

The Call of Hope

For biologist Mauricio Akmentins, hope arrived not in the form of a promising discovery out in the jungle, but instead through his headphones during a break at a workshop for park rangers and biology students...

Rediscovery in a Glint of Blue

The Malaysian primeval rainforest is the most beautiful place on Earth. Once I entered it, I knew I had to come back. And I have been coming back — for the last six years. It’s a hot humid morning...

Pink-headed Duck Expedition Report: Myanmar 2017

After a long and exhausting 17-hour journey from Mandalay to the north of Myanmar’s Kachin State Oct. 25, our expedition arrived at Lonton Village and the famous Indawgyi Lake,  supposedly the former range...

Ghost of the Andes Materializes in Haunting Moment

In 1988, GWC Program Manager of Wild Cat Conservation Jim Sanderson went to Chile in search of a ghost. With only two confirmed sightings of the Andean Cat, the species had begun to take on the element of the mystical...

Rediscovering Hope for the Longnose Harlequin Frog

A miracle. That’s how Ecuadorian herpetologist Dr. Luis Coloma describes his team’s rediscovery of a striking yellow-spotted frog, the Longnose Harlequin Frog, which had been lost to science since 1989 and feared extinct...