jackson’s climbing salamander
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 had 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 and was adept at escaping human attention.
Fortunately it was rediscovered in 2017, marking the first of the Search for Lost Species' top 25 "most wanted" species to be found. Read more below.