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Jackson’s Climbing Salamander

scientific name: Bolitoglossa jacksoni

Last seen: 1977 in Guatemala

Years lost: 40

When Paul Elias discovered the Jackson’s Climbing Salamander in the mid-1970s, he named it after colleague Jeremy Jackson and called it the “golden wonder” because of its astounding beauty. The species has not been seen since, and eluded a 2014 expedition that GWC launched with Elias and Jackson to retrace their steps four decades later. This is an elusive cloud forest species, possibly a canopy dweller. If it is not extinct, it is adept at escaping human attention.