New Caledonian Crested Gecko
Initially discovered in 1866 by French zoologist Alphone Guichenot, the New Caledonian Crested Gecko was deemed extinct after it had not been seen for a century. The New Caledonian species of gecko sported a variety of colors, including gray, brown, orange, red, and yellow; was often found with tiger-like stripes, and sported a prehensile tail coated in hundreds of small hairs thought to aid in climbing. The big-eyed gecko remained unseen from Guichenot’s initial description until 1994. After a tropical storm swept through the region known to house these critters, a solitary crested gecko was observed, indicating the survival of the species once thought gone.