Photo: National Geographic
The golden toad was a legendary creature and many of the Indigenous native people considered it to be sacred. It was believed to bring great luck and wealth to anyone who spotted one. They came out once a year to mate, the rest of the time they stayed hidden underground. Climate change associated with an El Niño/Southern Oscillation-related drought in 1986/7 is thought to be a cause of amphibian losses in the Monteverdi Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica. It is now believed to be extinct due to climate change and global warming.