LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists working in the vast Amazon basin have provided more than 57,000 camera trap images for a new study published in the magazine Ecology by an international team of 120 research institutions.
The study consists of more than 120,000 images taken in eight countries, representing the largest database of photos to date of the incredible diversity of Amazonian wildlife. The images show 289 species taken from 2001 to 2020 at 143 field sites.
WCS images from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru reveal playful baby jaguars, a giant anteater basking in a mud swamp, elusive short-eared dogs, as well as tapirs, white-lipped peccaries, harpy eagles, toucans, pumas, Andean bears and dozens of other species. Jaguars and Andean bears are priority species for WCS.
The aim of the study is to create a database of images of Amazonian fauna, while documenting habitat loss, fragmentation and climate change. The Amazon Basin covers nearly 3.2 million square miles (8.5 million square kilometers) in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
“WCS scientists were proud to collaborate with such a diverse group of scientists and organizations on this important study,” said Robert Wallace, WCS Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Program Director and co-author of the study. . The tens of thousands of images provided by WCS will serve as critical data points to show where the wildlife is and the staggering diversity of species found in the Amazon region.
One hundred and forty-seven scientists from 122 research institutes and nature conservation organizations collaborated in the Ecology study, which was conducted by the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.
This study marks the first time that camera trap images from different regions of the Amazon have been compiled and standardized on such a large scale.
– This press release was originally published on the Wildlife Conservation Society website