Scientists provide 154,000 images from camera traps in the Amazon

Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), working in the vast Amazon basin,

provided more than 57,000 new camera trap images for the new study. The results are published in the journal Ecology by an international group of 120 institutes.

The complete dataset includes 154,123 records for 317species (185 birds, 119 mammals and 13 reptiles). Today it is the largest database of photographs of the many wild animals of the Amazon. All photos were taken between 2001 and 2020 on 143 field plots.

On WCS images from Bolivia, Brazil,Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru see playful baby jaguars, a giant anteater lounging in a mud puddle, elusive short-eared dogs, as well as tapirs, white-lipped peccaries, harpies, toucans, cougars, Andean bears, and dozens of other species. Jaguars and Andean bears are priority species for the WCS.

The purpose of the study is to create a databaseimages of Amazonian wildlife, as well as documenting habitat loss, fragmentation and climate change. The Amazon basin covers almost 8.5 million km² in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

This work is the first time that camera trap images from different regions of the Amazon have been collected and standardized on such a large scale.

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