Jeremy Jackson and Paul Elias, two Americans who explored the Guatemalan forests in the 1970s, couldn't believe it when they heard the news. Decades ago, Elias and Jackson had discovered three of the rarest salamanders — the other two have been spotted in recent years, but the Jackson's climbing salamander (named after Jeremy Jackson) was the one missing.
"The night I got the news from Carlos that Bolitoglossa Jacksoni had been rediscovered, I flew off the couch where I’d been falling asleep, let loose a string of expletives (in a good way), and did a little happy dance," Jackson said.
“The rediscovery of this rarest of the rare shows how important habitat preservation is to the persistence of these special animals in these exceptional places," Elias added. "For me personally it is a moment of sheer joy."