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The Search for Lost Species generates stories of discovery, rediscovery, adventure and hope. If you’re a reporter, producer, editor or correspondent at a news outlet and want to cover the Search for Lost Species, please be in touch:

Robin Moore, GWC director of communications, rdmoore@globalwildlife.org

Lindsay Renick Mayer, GWC associate director of communications, lrenickmayer@globalwildlife.org or 202-422-4671

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Press Releases

FOUND: Remarkable Salamander Rediscovery Heralds Early Success for Worldwide Quest to Find and Protect Lost Species

The Search for Lost Species initiative is today celebrating the incredible and unexpected rediscovery of the first of its top 25 “most wanted” lost species, the Jackson’s Climbing Salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni), lost to science since its discovery in 1975. 

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Search for the Lost Pink-headed Duck Gets Underway in Myanmar

The very first Search for Lost Species expedition gets underway today, Monday, Oct. 23, with a quest to northern Myanmar to find the pink-headed duck, missing since 1949. Intrepid British explorer Richard Thorns, who has dedicated his life to looking for the species for the last 20 years, will lead a team into Kachin State, where he hopes wetland conditions will be just right to reveal the elusive bird if it is not extinct. 

The Search For Lost Species: Global Wildlife Conservation To Launch Most Extensive Worldwide Quest For Species Not Seen In Decades

Global Wildlife Conservation today embarks on the first phase of the Search for Lost Species, the largest-ever global quest to find and protect species that have not been seen in the wild in decades. The campaign will work with local partners to send scientific expeditions around the world to some of the most remote and uncharted wild places on Earth in search of 25 “most wanted” species. These species represent flagships for conservation.

 

Lost Species in the News

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A Salamander That Was Feared Extinct Has Been Rediscovered in Guatemala. seeker. November 2 2017.

A lost species of salamander has been rediscovered alive and well in Guatemala. The Jackson's Climbing Salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni), a brilliant yellow-and-black amphibian, was last seen in 1975 and feared extinct. But this month, a guard at the Finca San Isidro Amphibian Reserve (also called the Yal Unin Yul Witz Reserve) in the Cuchumatanes Mountains spotted a juvenile of the species while out on patrol.

'Golden wonder' salamander seen for first time since '75. mother nature network. november 2 2017.

The Jackson's climbing salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni) was believed to be extinct. Humans hadn't seen one since 1975, despite its bright yellow skin. But now, 42 years since its last sighting, one has been spotted at the Finca San Isidro Amphibian Reserve in Guatemala's Cuchumatanes Mountains.

Presumed Extinct, the Rare 'Golden Wonder' Salamander Reappears After 42 Years. mentalfloss. november 1 2017.

After pulling a disappearing act for 42 years, a rare, vibrantly colored amphibian called Jackson's climbing salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni) was recently spotted in Guatemala's Cuchumatanes Mountains, according to LiveScience. 

Rarest Salamander Was Just Found For The First Time In 42 Years. the dodo. october 31 2017.

One of the most elusive animals on the planet — considered "most wanted" by a team of scientists searching for the world's lost species— was just found after 42 years.  A guard out on patrol at the Finca San Isidro Amphibian Reserve in Guatemala saw a little salamander, snapped a photo and sent it to Carlos Vasquez, curator of herpetology at USAC University in Guatemala.

Brilliantly colored ‘lost’ salamander rediscovered after 42 years. mongabay. november 1 2017.

The striking, yellow-hued Jackson’s climbing salamander was first reported to science in 1975, then never recorded again. But last month, a guard at a recently created amphibian reserve in Guatemala’s Cuchumatanes Mountain range spotted a juvenile of the species while he was patrolling. Conservationists are excited because the salamander was “rediscovered” in a reserve especially created to help protect the habitat of amphibians like the Jackson’s climbing salamander.

Not so cold duck? Man keeps looking for bird thought extinct. AP. October 23 2017.

Hope is the thing with feathers, poet Emily Dickinson wrote. For Richard Thorns, the feathers are pink. Thorns’ hope? To prove that a colorful duck is not extinct. This week, he launches a seventh expedition into the inaccessible wilds of Myanmar to search for the pink-headed duck that hasn’t been seen alive since 1949, and that was in India. No one has seen the bird alive in Myanmar in more than a century.

Searching for the Fernandina Galapagos Tortoise Among 25 Other Species. travel pulse. july 24 2017.

Global Wildlife Conservation defines the modern era as the extinction era. Many species of flora and fauna have disappeared. Yet, there are still many species that haven´t been seen for decades but has not been declared extinct. One of them is the Fernandina Galapagos Tortoise.

In Search of the Elusive Pink-Headed Duck. Atlas obscura. June 1 2017.

More than a century ago, in the wetlands around Kolkata, India, there lived a shy type of duck with a bright pink head. It was named, appropriately, the pink-headed duck. The males of the species had rosy pink bills and pink plumage covering their heads and necks. Some of them had light, blush-colored feathers; others were as bright as Pepto-Bismol. 

Nature's Most Wanted: Conservationists Launch New Quest for Lost Species. Inside science. May 30 2017. 

Somewhere deep in the remote and largely inaccessible wetlands of northern Myanmar, Richard Thorns hopes to find a ghost. This fall, the ambulance driver and amateur ornithologist plans to leave his home in Crowborough, England to launch his seventh expedition in search of the elusive -- and quite possibly extinct -- pink-headed duck.

The Search for “Extinct” Species. Island Conservation. May 17 2017.

What happens when a species previously believed to be extinct resurfaces?Species can be suspected extinct when they disappear for long periods of time. Sometimes, to everyone’s surprise and delight, “extinct” species resurface. 

1Frame4Nature | The Search for Lost Species. National Geographic Voices. May 15 2017.

In early 2010 I pulled together a poster of the ten “Most Wanted” amphibians that led to a global search for frogs and salamanders lost to science. A little battle-weary from the unabated extinction of frogs and their kin, and seeking hope in the face of despair, I was buoyed by the improbable reappearance in Costa Rica of the Variable Harlequin Frog and inspired to wonder: what else might be out there?

Científicos lanzan una búsqueda global por 25 especies ‘perdidas’. yucatan informa. April 25 2017.

El único ejemplar jamás encontrado fue un macho, descubierto en 1906 por investigadores de la Academia de Ciencias de California, que lo mataron para estudiarlo como modelo. 

Una campaña tiene por objetivo hallar a los 25 animales más buscados del mundo. Noticias Ambientales. april 25 2017.

Una campaña global para encontrar lo que consideran los 25 animales y una planta más buscados del planeta es promocionada la organización Global Wildlife Conservation.De acuerdo con GWC, ninguna de estas especies está oficialmente extinta, pero, colectivamente, no han sido vistas en más de 1.500 años.

Global Wildlife Conservation 'In Search Of Top 25 Lost Species:' The Worldwide Quest For Species Lost More Than 10 Years. The science times. April 24 2017.

Over the last few decades, scientists are in the process of rediscovery and research of 1,200 lost species that have not seen for more than 1,500 years. However, Global Wildlife Conservation launched a worldwide quest for the top 25 most wanted species that are found in 18 countries around the world.

Texas organization launches worldwide search for 25 'lost species'. Omaha World-Herald. April 24 2017.

Once upon a time, a subspecies of giant tortoise lived on Fernandina, the least-explored island in the Galapagos.In 1906, explorers with the California Academy of Sciences found one male Fernandina Galapagos tortoise — and killed it to preserve as a specimen.

Los más buscados del planeta: campaña para hallar 25 animales que no se ven hace 1.500 años. Cnn español. April 24 2017.

La organización ambientalista Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) ha lanzado una agresiva campaña mundial para dar con el paradero de los 25 animales más buscados del planeta, que no se han visto en más de 1.500 años. 

Científicos lanzan una búsqueda global por 25 especies ‘perdidas’. el pais. April 24 2017.

Es difícil imaginar que se pueda perder una tortuga gigante, pero es exactamente lo que ocurrió con una especie de la isla Fernandina, la menos explorada y la más joven de las Islas Galápagos. 

Die Suche nach 25 vermissten Tier- und Pflanzenarten läuft!. Deutsche Welle. April 24. 2017.

Seit Jahrzehnten wurden sie nicht mehr gesehen. Gibt es sie überhaupt noch? Oder sind sie ausgestorben? Eine Suchaktion soll die Antwort liefern. Hier sind ein paar Arten, die Naturschützer hoffen, bald wiederzusehen.

Diez especies perdidas que los científicos buscan por todo el mundo. La Voz de Cádiz. April 24 2017.

Una organización ha lanzado una campaña para localizar 25 criaturas que no han sido vistas en estado salvaje desde hace décadas. Estas son algunas de las más fascinantes. Entre ellas, un canguro, una tortuga gigante o el ciervo ratón de Vietnam

24 animales y una planta carnívora no han sido vistos en más de 1,500 años. ¡Que inicie la búsqueda!. Síntesis. April 24 2017.

Un equipo internacional de científicos, liderado por la organización Global Wildlife Conservationha puesto en marcha una campaña para intentar localizar con vida algún ejemplar de 25 especies (24 animales y una planta carnívora) que, sin haber sido oficialmente consideradas extinguidas, no han sido observadas en la naturaleza durante las últimas décadas.

¡Se busca! Hace años que nadie ha visto con vida estas 25 especies. La Vanguardia. April 24 2017.

Un equipo internacional de científicos liderado por la organización Global Wildlife Conservation ha puesto en marcha una campaña para intentar localizar con vida algún ejemplar de 25 especies (24 animales y una planta carnívora) que, sin haber sido oficialmente consideradas extinguidas, no han sido observadas en la naturaleza durante las últimas décadas.

ESPECIES PERDIDAS QUE LOS CIENTÍFICOS BUSCAN EN EL MUNDO. Expreso.pres. April 24 2017.

La organización Global Wildlife Conservation ha lanzado una campaña para localizar 25 especies perdidas que no han sido vistas en estado salvaje desde hace décadas. Los llaman los 25 más buscados. 

Hunt Kicks Off for 'Teddy Bear' Marsupial and Other 'Lost' Species. LiveScience. april 21 2017.

Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), an organization based in Austin, Texas, with a focus on biodiversity and wildland preservation, has launched a new initiative to search for 25 species that have not been seen for years or decades — or, in the case of the Fernandina Galapagos tortoise, more than a century.

People Want To Find These Hidden Species — And Help Keep Them Safe. the dodo. April 21 2017.

Attempting to find an exact answer to the question, "How many species are becoming extinct?" may prove futile.While some experts estimate that between 0.01 and 0.1 percent of all species on Earth will become extinct each year, the truth is we just don't know how many species are out there to begin with.

Are these species lost forever? Not if this group can find them. mother nature network. April 21 2017.

This week marks the launch of the largest global search for species believed to be extinct. But are they really gone?Even in an age of rapid extinction of species, we are constantly discovering new species previously unknown to science.

Scientists Launch Global Quest To Track Down Long-Lost Species. huffington post. april 20 2017.

The race is on to rediscover a list of 25 species that collectively have not been seen in more than 1,500 years. There’s the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo, last spotted in 1928 in Indonesia; the pink-headed duck, missing since 1949; and the bullneck seahorse, a species native to Australia never before seen in the wild. 

Scientists have glimmer of hope of finding 25 ‘lost’ species. Las Vegas Review-Journal. April 20 2017.

In 1906, explorers with the California Academy of Sciences found one male Fernandina Galapagos tortoise — and killed it to preserve as a specimen. The next sign came in 1964, when an expedition to the island reported the presence of tortoise scat.

Have you seen this squirrel? Scientists launch global quest for 25 ‘lost’ species. Leader-Post. April 20 2017.

Once upon a time, a subspecies of giant tortoise lived on Fernandina, the least-explored island in the Galapagos.

Scientists launch a global search for 25 ‘lost’ species. Washington post. april 19 2017.

Global Wildlife Conservation, a Texas-based organization, is launching a global search for what it calls the top 25 “most wanted” animals (and one plant). None is officially extinct.

Scientists Launch Worldwide Search for Lost Species. Scientific American. April 19 2017.

A few years ago at a bar in Reno, graduate student John Zablocki was talking about his research on the rediscovery of lost species—those presumed to have gone extinct only to turn up again alive and well—when a stranger chimed in. “What about the Lord Howe Island stick insect?”

These Are the World’s Top 25 ‘Most Wanted’ Animals for Conservationists. Discovery News/Seeker. April 19 2017.

 

A duck with a bright pink head, a flying squirrel, and a kangaroo that climbs trees are among the lost species that scientists are hoping to find and protect in the wild.

Scientists launch global search for 25 ‘lost’ species. Mongabay. April 19 2017.

Unseen for decades in the wild, many species are now feared extinct. Some exist only as museum specimens, others are only known from old drawings or photographs.

Scientists launch a global search for 25 ‘lost’ species. Loredo Morning Times. April 19 2017.

From an initial list of 1,200 nominations, the organization narrowed things down to what Moore called 25 "quirky, charismatic" poster species that, if they still exist, are found in 18 countries across the globe. 

Scientists launch a global search for 25 ‘lost’ species. The Oklahoman. April 19 2017. 

Once upon a time, a subspecies of giant tortoise lived on Fernandina, the least-explored island in the Galapagos.

Scientists launch a global search for 25 ‘lost’ species. San Antonio Express-News. April 19 2017.

 An aerial survey in 2009 spotted something resembling a tortoise. But for all practical purposes, this reptile has been lost to the world for 111 years.

Scientists launch a global search for 25 ‘lost’ species. Houston Chronicle. April 19 2017.

 The experts were asked to nominate species that had not been spotted in more than 10 years and had cultural significance. Species already declared extinct, such as the Tasmanian tiger, were not considered.

Scientists launch a global search for 25 ‘lost’ species. Durango Herald. April 19 2017.

From an initial list of 1,200 nominations, the organization narrowed things down to what Moore called 25 "quirky, charismatic" poster species that, if they still exist, are found in 18 countries across the globe. 

Scientists launch a global search for 25 ‘lost’ species. Standard Examiner. April 19 2017.

Scientists might launch a two-week quest in the grasslands and swamps of Burman to look for the pink-headed duck, which has been “lost” for 68 years. Larger mammals, like the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo of Indonesia, might be best spotted with remote cameras. 

The Search for Lost Species. National Geographic Voices. April 19 2017.

Global Wildlife Conservation today embarks on the first phase of the Search for Lost Species, the largest-ever global quest to find and protect species that have not been seen in the wild in decades

Other Rediscovery News

Leek-coloured Hawkweed, UK BBC NEWS UK. SEPTEMBER 6 2017.

Leek-coloured Hawkweed, UK

BBC NEWS UK. SEPTEMBER 6 2017.

 Jambato Harlequin Frog, Ecuador NEW SCIENTIST. JULY 7 2017.

 Jambato Harlequin Frog, Ecuador

NEW SCIENTIST. JULY 7 2017.

Small Blue, Ireland BBC NEWS. JUNE 19 2017.

Small Blue, Ireland

BBC NEWS. JUNE 19 2017.

Marsh Fritillary butterfly, Ireland IRISH MIRROR. JUNE 7 2017.

Marsh Fritillary butterfly, Ireland

IRISH MIRROR. JUNE 7 2017.

 Piranthus decorus, India HUFFINGTON POST INDIA. MAY 30 2017.

 Piranthus decorus, India

HUFFINGTON POST INDIA. MAY 30 2017.

Tyrannomyrmex rex, Singapore NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. MAY 16 2017.

Tyrannomyrmex rex, Singapore

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. MAY 16 2017.

Pavonia arabica varieties, India THE HINDUSTAN TIMES. MAY 5 2017.

Pavonia arabica varieties, India

THE HINDUSTAN TIMES. MAY 5 2017.

Two Spotted Beetle Species, Scotland BBC NEWS UK. JULY 6 2017.

Two Spotted Beetle Species, Scotland

BBC NEWS UK. JULY 6 2017.

Roach's Mouse-tailed Dormouse, Bulgaria LAND FOR LIFE. JUNE 13 2017.

Roach's Mouse-tailed Dormouse, Bulgaria

LAND FOR LIFE. JUNE 13 2017.

Vanzolini's Bald-faced Saki, Brazil BIOGRAPHIC. JUNE 7 2017.

Vanzolini's Bald-faced Saki, Brazil

BIOGRAPHIC. JUNE 7 2017.

Typhlonus nasus, Australia THE GUARDIAN, MAY 31 2017.

Typhlonus nasus, Australia

THE GUARDIAN, MAY 31 2017.

Albany Adder, South Africa NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. MAY 12 2017.

Albany Adder, South Africa

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. MAY 12 2017.

Táchira Antpitta, Venezuela AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY. JULY 25 2017.

Táchira Antpitta, Venezuela

AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY. JULY 25 2017.

Ceropegia omissa H.Huber, India DOWN TO EARTH. JUNE 27 2017.

Ceropegia omissa H.Huber, India

DOWN TO EARTH. JUNE 27 2017.

Craugastor escoces, Costa Rica TICO TIMES. JUNE 7 2017.

Craugastor escoces, Costa Rica

TICO TIMES. JUNE 7 2017.

Cleyera grandiflora, India THE NORTHEAST TODAY. MAY 31 2017.

Cleyera grandiflora, India

THE NORTHEAST TODAY. MAY 31 2017.

Mycetophylax asper, Brazil NEWSWEEK. MAY 19 2017.

Mycetophylax asper, Brazil

NEWSWEEK. MAY 19 2017.

Varanus douarrha, Papua Nw Guinea PHYS.ORG. MAY 2 2017.

Varanus douarrha, Papua Nw Guinea

PHYS.ORG. MAY 2 2017.

New Guinea Highland Wild Dog, Papua New Guinea HUFFINGTON POST. APRIL 24 2017.

New Guinea Highland Wild Dog, Papua New Guinea

HUFFINGTON POST. APRIL 24 2017.