17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
El Dorado

The Golden Toad (Incilius periglenes) disappeared from the cloud forests of Costa Rica thirty years ago. Found only in a small area high on the ridge-line of the continental divide above the town of Monteverde, it captivated biologists around the world for the 25 years that it was known to science. It would become the first terrestrial extinction to be linked to climate change.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T6s
Copyright: © Trevor Ritland