WCS Camera Traps

This data set contains approximately 1.4M camera trap images representing around 675 species from 12 countries, making it one of the most diverse camera trap data sets available publicly. Data were provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The most common classes are tayassu pecari (peccary), meleagris ocellata (ocellated turkey), and bos taurus (cattle). A complete list of classes and associated image counts is available here. Approximately 50% of images are empty.

Sequences are inferred from timestamps, so may not strictly represent bursts. Images were labeled at a combination of image and sequence level, so – as is the case with most camera trap data sets – empty images may be labeled as non-empty (if an animal was present in one frame of a sequence but not in others). Images containing humans are referred to in metadata, but are not included in the data files.

Annotations are provided in the COCO Camera Traps .json format used for most data sets on lila.science.

A link to a zipfile is provided below, but images are also available for direct download from the base folder:


For example, the image referred to in metadata as:


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This data set is released under the Community Data License Agreement (permissive variant).

Download links:

Part 0 (105GB)
Part 1 (90GB)
Part 2 (73GB)
Part 3 (62GB)
Part 4 (108GB)
Part 5 (74GB)
Part 6 (48GB)
Metadata (43MB)

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