Wildlife Insights Taxonomy
We created the Wildlife Insights Taxonomy because we needed a global standard of what we call things (wildlife, objects, humans, etc) in every project and every image 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.
Find the taxonomy ID for any species using our Taxonomy Search Tool.
You can also 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.
The WI taxonomy will continue to grow and evolve over time. If you can't find a species or taxonomy, you can request to add a taxonomy record.
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:
Non-wildlife IDs include objects and domestic animals.
The following categories can be used to tag objects:
Domestic animals include:
Other non-wildlife identifications include:
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:
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.