China’s Blue Rock Thrush. The short-eared dog native to Peru’s Amazon basin. Kenya’s Common Wart-Hog. These and literally thousands of other rarely seen animals are now captured in a unique archive presented by the Smithsonian Institution. With more than 200,000 wildlife camera trap photographs online, the Smithsonian Wild site showcases the research the Smithsonian and its collaborators are doing around the globe while highlighting the diversity of wildlife in a wide range of habitats.
The well-designed interface is easy to use, and there’s information about each animal and the project for which the images were captured. In some cases, the collections include what the Smithsonian calls “near-video” sequences offering rare glimpses of the movements and behavior of the animals. The images displayed are not just the best or most dramatic shots—in fact, they post every shot—and so the quality varies widely, depending on the camera equipment that was used.
Although the site doesn’t accept submissions from the general public, there are exceptions. If you have photographic records created during scientific surveys that you think would be appropriate, contact William McShea at email@example.com.