article / 20 December 2021

Identification of Wildlife in Camera Trap Images

Camera trap wildlife surveys can generate vast amounts of imagery. A key problem in the wildlife ecology field is that vast amounts of time is spent reviewing this imagery to identify the species detected. Valuable resources are wasted, and the scale of studies is limited by this review process. The use of computer software capable of extracting false positives, automatically identifying animals detected and sorting imagery could greatly increase efficiency. AI has been demonstrated as an effective option for automatically identifying species from camera trap imagery. Currently available code bases are inaccessible to the majority of users; requiring high-performance computers, advanced software engineering skills and, often, high-bandwidth internet connections to access cloud services. The ClassifyMe software tool is designed to address this gap and provides users the opportunity to utilise state-of-the-art image recognition algorithms without the need for specialised computer programming skills. ClassifyMe is IDEAL for field researchers, allowing users to sweep through camera trap imagery using field computers instead of office-based workstations.

Title: ClassifyMe: A Field-Scouting Software for the Identification of Wildlife in Camera Trap Images

Authors: Greg Falzon, Christopher Lawson, Ka-Wai Cheung, Karl Vernes, Guy A. Ballard, Peter J. S. Fleming, Alistair S. Glen, Heath Milne, Atalya Mather-Zardain and Paul D. Meek 

Journal: MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

Citation: Falzon G, Lawson C, Cheung K-W, Vernes K, Ballard GA, Fleming PJS, Glen AS, Milne H, Mather-Zardain A, Meek PD. ClassifyMe: A Field-Scouting Software for the Identification of Wildlife in Camera Trap Images. Animals. 2020; 10(1):58.

Open Access: Yes


We present ClassifyMe a software tool for the automated identification of animal species from camera trap images. ClassifyMe is intended to be used by ecologists both in the field and in the office. Users can download a pre-trained model specific to their location of interest and then upload the images from a camera trap to a laptop or workstation. ClassifyMe will identify animals and other objects (e.g., vehicles) in images, provide a report file with the most likely species detections, and automatically sort the images into sub-folders corresponding to these species categories. False Triggers (no visible object present) will also be filtered and sorted. Importantly, the ClassifyMe software operates on the user’s local machine (own laptop or workstation)—not via internet connection. This allows users access to state-of-the-art camera trap computer vision software in situ, rather than only in the office. The software also incurs minimal cost on the end-user as there is no need for expensive data uploads to cloud services. Furthermore, processing the images locally on the users’ end-device allows them data control and resolves privacy issues surrounding transfer and third-party access to users’ datasets.

Keywords: Camera traps, camera trap data management, deep learning, ecological software, species recognition, wildlife monitoring

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