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. We have also added bounding box annotations to approximately 42,500 of those images, which come from sequences covering almost all locations.

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.

Contact information

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

Data format

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

Downloading the data

Images are available in the following Azure Blob Storage folder:


A link to a zipfile is also provided below, but – whether you want the whole data set, a specific folder, or a subset of the data (e.g. images for one species) – we recommend checking out our guidelines for accessing images without using giant zipfiles.

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)
Bounding boxes (2.6MB)
Recommended train/val/test splits (36KB)

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Posted by Dan Morris.