Weird, wacky, and way more resilient than we give them credit for.
John Gange/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
Just last week, Vermont's Fish and Wildlife Department announced that the plant had been spotted in the state after it was believed to be all but gone from that region since 1902.
In 2020, residents on the island of Borneo spotted and captured the first live specimen of this bird in over 170 years.
Known from just one specimen collected in the mid-1800s, researchers long thought the bird was extinct.
Though the last recorded sighting of the endangered Elephantulus revoilii shrew is from the 1970s, locals in Djibouti had reported potential sightings of the small mammal over the past few years, reported the BBC.
When field researchers investigated these sightings, they found that the species was very much alive in Djibouti — and potentially in neighboring Ethiopia and Somalia, too. The researchers reported these findings in a 2020 paper.
For 40 years, no one recorded a sighting of this rare species until researchers searched for it in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park in 2019.
Just about a year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its plans to declare the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker extinct after it's last universally accepted sighting in 1944.