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.