Camera traps picks up the largest mock study of wildlife in the Amazon

A new study that represents the largest image database ever made consists of more than 120,000 images taken in eight countries in the Amazon region. It highlights an amazing array of wildlife in the area.

While the Amazon forests have the highest biological diversity on Earth, information about animals in the area is still incomplete and scattered through a mixture of published leaves (both the literature reviewed by colleagues and “gray” literature) as well as unpublished raw data. The authors of the study began to address this. They organized and united the camera traps records from the various Amazon regions to collect the most comprehensive data collection for the types of mammals, birds and reptiles that were ever collected in the region.

This is the first time that the images taken from the camera traps have been assembled across different areas of Amazon and unified on this wide range.

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Tayasu Beccari (White-lipped Beef)
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WCS Camera Trap
Inters Ona (Jaguar)
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Mazama Rovina (El Doual Red Red)
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Panthera Onca (Jaguar)
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Tremarctos Ornaus (Indese bear)

The full data collection includes 154123 records for 317 species (185 birds, 119 breasts and 13 reptiles) collected from investigative studies from the Amazouni part of eight countries (Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Gina, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela).

“The most recorded species for each taxon are: Mammals – Cuniculus paca (11907 records); Birds – Pauxi tuberosa (3713 records); and Reptiles – Tupinambis teguixin (716 records),” the study, published in Esa magazinesnotes.

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Myrmecophaga tridactyla (giant anteater)
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Puma Concolor (Puma)
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Dasypus beniensis (larger long-nosed armadillo)

Of those 120,000 images, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) submitted more than 57,000 species showing 289 species captured from 2001 through 2020 from 143 field sites.

“The purpose of the study is to build a database for wildlife photos in the Amazon, with documentation of habitat, retail, climate change,” WCS explain.

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Morphnus Guianensis (Crowned Eagle)
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Puma Concolor (Puma)
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Pteroglossus beauharnaesii (curl crested aracari)
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Inters Ona (Jaguar)

The Amazon basin covers approximately 3.2 million square miles (8.5 million square kilometers) in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Chanda French, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela.

The WCS scholars were proud to collaborate with a diverse group of scholars and organizations on this important study. Tens of thousands of photos from WCS will work as important data points to show the location of wildlife and the amazing diversity of the species in the Amazon region, “Robert Wallace, director of the Great Landscape Program Madedi Tambabata of WCS, and co -author of the study, he says.

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Camera traps have proven important to wildlife research because of the non-invasive way they can document animals in an area.

Wallace says: “As for the types that can be recognized individually, such as Jaguar or Alasilots, we can even calculate the population density and then estimate its number in a specific area.” tree hugger.

WCS camera traps

WCS camera traps

“It is very difficult to study many of the most hidden species due to the difficulty of their observation, either because they are rare, shy, night, or all three types, but multiple cameras that were left in the forest for a month to two months or more can watch them for us.”

WCS camera traps

WCS camera traps

“With the advent of digital cameras, we can now monitor camera traps when we visit to check on batteries and SD cards periodically in the woods, but before that we had to wait to develop hundreds of rolls of film sometimes before we knew what we had filmed!” Wallace says. “Our camera traps are precious and sometimes we have to save them from flash flood events.”

WCS camera traps

WCS camera traps

Wallace says that with increasing concerns about climate change, these images will act as a basic line that he and other scientists can use as a way to monitor change over time in the future.

“It is also important to emphasize that analytical technologies are constantly evolving, and the availability of these data is a major step forward for science and wildlife in the Amazon region,” he says.


Photo credits: Pictures provided by WCS.