Wildlife Insights Taxonomy
We created the WI Taxonomy because we needed a global standard of what we call things (wildlife, objects, humans, etc) in every project, every image, every video (soon!) every acoustic file (soon!) from around the world. Without standardizing taxonomy through Wildlife Insights it would be impossible (or at least really hard) to manage and analyze data from within large wildlife monitoring projects and across several projects. In a global platform like Wildlife Insights standardization becomes even more important when datasets are coming from all over the world and from many, many organizations and individuals. We leverage existing standards as best we can and will provide mappings into as many standards as possible.
Visit our Taxonomy Github repository and download the WI_Taxonomy.R file to access the most current version of the Wildlife Insights Taxonomy. It will create an R dataframe and also write out a .csv file.
Mammals: The WI taxonomy uses a combination of the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species and the American Society of Mammalogists Mammal Diversity Database.
Birdlife: We use Birdlife International's taxonomy.
Everything else: We also have names for other taxa (reptiles,insects, etc), domestic species, non-animals (car, motorcycle,etc), names for higher taxonomic ranks when animals can't be identified to species and have various classes to describe types of humans (park ranger, tourist, etc).
The WI taxonomy will continue to grow and evolve over time. If you have questions about the taxonomy please email us at [email protected].
The Wildlife Insights Taxonomy Bulk Search is a great resource that lets you enter any taxa and find the matching Wildlife Insights taxonomy information.
Any of the following options can be used to tag images of humans. Project level preferences to delete or hide images of humans will apply to all of these tags:
Wildlife Insights is committed to sharing data for conservation purposes. However, certain species may be at-risk with the exposure of specific geographic location data. Wildlife Insights will restrict public access to exact locations of sensitive species in order to protect these species.
How does Wildlife Insights define sensitive species? The list of sensitive species is defined and managed by Wildlife Insights based on best practices and expert consultations. The Wildlife Insights sensitive species list includes:
In the case of duplicate records between the two sources mentioned above, the eBird record is kept. *Note: the following two species were excluded due to inability to resolve to a species:
How does Wildlife Insights protect sensitive species locations? Wildlife Insights will fuzz the exact coordinates of all deployments set at a location where a sensitive species is captured. The fuzzed coordinates will be provided in lieu of the exact coordinates in all public downloads.
If you are downloading public data, you can determine which deployments have fuzzed coordinates by referring to the column titled Fuzzed in the deployments.csv file provided in your download package. If the value is True, the deployment's coordinates have been fuzzed. If the value is False, the coordinates provided are the exact coordinates provided to Wildlife Insights.