Wildbook helps researchers study, identify, and protect Big Cats worldwide

Machine Learning & Citizen Science & Conservation Research

Photograph the ID area

Animals with patterned features can often be identified uniquely, such as by the distinctive coloration. By taking a picture, you can match that pattern to others already in the database. Your animal might be new to the database, or it might be a new sighting of one we have seen before!

Submit PhotoID or sighting

You can upload files from your computer, or take them directly from your Flickr or Facebook account. Be sure to enter when and where you saw the animal, and add other information, such as species or sex, if you can. You will receive email updates when your animal is processed.

Researcher verification

When you submit an identification photo, a local researcher receives a notification. This researcher will double check that the information you submitted is correct (so don't worry if you are unsure about which species you saw!).

Matching process

Once a researcher is happy with all the data accompanying the identification photo, they will look for a photo match, using multiple computer assisted algorithms and machine learning. It's like facial recognition software for animals.

Matching Results

Wildbook uses computer vision to compare new IDs to the existing database. Researchers then visually confirm a match to an existing animal in the database, or create a new individual profile.

1379identified animals

16768 reported sightingsreported sightings

101citizen scientists

201researchers and volunteers