Our goal and history

Our goal is to discover the world's recently lost and rediscovered species. The aim of REPAD is to compile all of the world's available information about recently extinct and rediscovered species (and subspecies) and present it in an easily accessible manner. We are concerned to map the global changes in faunal and floral content of the Book of Evolution during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. And perhaps even a new age: the Anthropocene.

The internet in particular has revolutionised the way that information is both transmitted and stored. And along with Google this has allowed REPAD to exist as a largely online-based resource that anybody can access from anywhere on our planet. We plan to expand in the future to include more traditionally based media forms such as books, documentaries, articles etc. However, at present our costs are kept minimal by using our online presence to bring this information to the public. Without funding we are limited in the ways we can actively influence the decisions of those who truly matter: you.

Our founder, Branden Holmes, has been on a mission to document the world's lost and rediscovered species since the early 2000's. During the 1990's as a child he was given a set of children's encyclopedia's from the early 1970's. Although largely out-dated by then, there was one image that stayed with him, that of a Baiji or Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) in captivity. When he later found out that the species was probably globally extinct he immediately sought out any information that he could read about recently extinct plant and animals. With the knowledge that zoos and conservation programs alone were simply not enough to ensure the protection of wildlife, he embarked upon a journey to help protect our last remaining precious creatures and to learn from those instances in which we failed.