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Bridge in Lambir Hills National Park, Miri, Sarawak, Borneo

Exploration is core to our scientific approach to conservation.

GWC explores some of the most remote corners of our planet to discover how and where we can have the biggest impact on imperiled species. Our global journeys allow us to make strategic decisions on how to channel our resources – and we’re bringing you with us on our journey of discovery.

Our exploration work revolves around the Search for Lost Species, in addition to documenting the diversity of life in little-studied areas and determining the biodiversity within GWC sites.

Searching for the Rarest
Animals on the Planet

In virtually all parts of the world, documented species have gone missing. Unseen for years or decades and feared extinct, GWC is on the search for our Top 25 Most Wanted Lost Species.

“Lost Species” are animals or plants that have not been documented in the wild for at least 10 years--often much longer. GWC and our partners conduct expeditions to seek out these quirky, charismatic and elusive species and work to protect them, their habitat, and other animals that share their home. Rediscoveries can be a powerful catalyst for conservation, elevating forgotten creatures to flagships behind which we can rally.

Lost Species top 25 most wanted
There are further searches scheduled for 2019:

Check back for updates as we secure funding for additional expeditions.

Assessing the Health of
High Biodiversity Regions

GWC also explores the world’s remaining wildlands so that we may better understand how to protect life on Earth. We're finding new species, new areas of high biodiversity and new regions that are critical for conservation.

Expeditions may be small, targeted searches for a specific species, or multi-month journeys including specialists from multiple conservation partners. We’ve been all over the world.

New species discoveries (Guyana)

A 2014 expedition into the Kaieteur National Park discovered more than 30 new species, ranging from a blue tarantula to six new species of fish to 15 new aquatic beetles. Guyana remains one of the most important regions for biodiversity – it has the second highest percentage of land covered by forests.

Cleopatra’s Needle (Philippines)

Biodiversity surveys were launched in December 2014 by Global Wildlife Conservation and partners including the Center for Sustainability and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, to explore the biodiversity of Cleopatra's Needle on the Island of Palawan.

These surveys formed an important step in the creation of Cleopatra's Needle Forest Reserve, to help us understand the biological richness of the forests we were seeking to protect. Experts in mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, insects, freshwater fish and crustaceans, and plants and trees were deployed.

Cleopatra's Needle
Members of the Batak tribe fishing in Palawan, the Philippines. Photo by: Robin Moore

This area was confirmed as a true biological gem, forming the last safe haven for countless species found nowhere else. Notable findings included the rediscovery of two amphibians thought to be extinct: the Palawan Toadlet (lost for 40 years) and the Malatgan River Caecilian (lost for 50 years). A rare ant species, Romblonella coryae sp. n., named in honor of former president Corazon Aquino, was also found in the mountain's primary lowland forest. Sixty-five birds were recorded during the surveys and rare species such as Palawan Hornbill, Palawan Peacock, Palawan Tit and Palawan Blue Flycatcher were found in promising abundance. Signs of mammals including the Palawan Leopard Cat and Asian Small-clawed Otter were recorded.

(Top Image: Bridge in Lambir Hills National Park, Borneo, Robin Moore/GWC)

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