A camera trap photograph renamer program, written by Jim, that will help in organising your data.

Newsletters & Selected Journals

Newsletters & Selected Journals

Small Wild Cat Conservation News, Cat News and a few selected journals.

Related Links

Related Links

Additional information in relation to small wild cats.


Download the programs and library file (#5) into your top level folder here called All Camera Trap Data. All Camera Trap Data contains all the programs and the AllLocations folder that has Location/Species/# folders. Put the How_to and other files elsewhere in All Camera Trap Data.

Note that program SpecialRenamer corrects jpg files with incorrect dates and times, and also adds 1 second to burst pictures even when no correction is needed.

DO THIS FIRSTDownload Output Manual

Step by step instructions on how to relabel, organize, store, and analyze camera trap photographs without entering data by hand from a keyboard.

The freeware program ReNamer is used to simultaneously relabel all camera trap pictures in folder.

The library file needed to run all the programs.

CreateInput creates InputTemp.txt from an existing AllPictures.txt file or an AllPictures.txt file created by program Concatenate.

Steps for correcting camera start/stop times.

OccupancyMatrix creates occupancy matrices for use in program Presence.

SpecialRenamer corrects files with the wrong time and relabels burst files uniquely.

GroupAnalyze groups camera locations and presents results by group instead of by camera like DataAnalyze does.

GroupOccupancy is the analog of OccupancyMatrix. GroupOccupancy produces occupancy matrices using grouped locations.

DensityMatrix creates the individual x absence/presence matrix for use in CAPTURE, SPACECAP, and other density estimation programs. The number of days in a camera trap occasion is input by the user.

IndivToSpecies is used to create an AllPictures.txt file where individuals of a species are restored to species.

Concatenate concatenates AllPictures.txt files. Duplicate lines are eliminated.

Corridor is used to analyze what species travel between two locations that are ends of a corridor. Species traverse time and activity patterns are calculated in the corridor.

AbundanceMatrix works like OccupancyMatrix but instead of absence-presence 0-1 data, the number of independent pictures is computed.

Persistence produces a probability density function of a species visit to a location.

This program relabels video files that have the wrong date and/or time.

Networks of automatic cameras are producing many thousands of images over modest time periods. For example, 35 cameras at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, USA have produced more than 1.9m useful images since June, 2009. A US Fish and Wildlife monitoring program is producing about 30,000 images per week. Although image file retrieval and storage is trivial, data entry and analysis are both time consuming and error prone since data is most often entered by hand from a keyboard into a spreadsheet. Our objectives were to increase data entry speed while minimizing data entry errors, easily run data analysis, and enable data from multiple locations to be concatenated and analyzed as a single data set. These objectives are achieved by eliminating the task of hand data entry via a keyboard, and managing user interactions with image file data through the use of a suite of open software tools. Error-checking is also automatic. Here we update the methodology described in Harris et al. (2010) by providing a step-by step guide for automatic camera trap data storage and analysis without entering data by hand from a keyboard. This methodology is already in use and is benefiting from an established user community. The programs are available free on


Small Wild Cat Conservation News

The mission ofSmall Wild Cat Conservation News is to provide a timely outlet for the latest conservation news from conservationists working together around the world to mitigate threats to all small wild cats. SWCCN is published one to four times annually or as needed.

Selected Journals

Selected Journals

Some interesting journals for further reading.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund wild cat funding: an overview. Cat News 60:41-42.


Table for above article.


Natural History and Landscape-use of Guignas (Oncifelis guigna) on Isla Grande de Chiloé, Chile. Journal of Mammalogy 83(2):608-613.


Spatial differences and local avoidance of ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) and jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) in Northeast Mexico. Dissertation. Texas A&M University


Spatial patterns of the margay (Leopardus wiedii; Felidae, Carnivora) at “El Cielo” Bioshpere Reserve, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Mammalia 76: 237–244.



WCN Fall Expo 2019: Small Wild Cat

From habitat destruction to poaching, wild cats large and small are under serious threat globally. In this session, Dr. Jim Sanderson of Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation speaks about their work to advance the next generation of cat conservationists.

Related Links

Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund

The Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund offers terrific educational programs and presents at our annual event.

Conserving Wild Cats

Neville Buck’s wild cat pictures can be purchased here. All proceeds go to wild cat conservation.

He’s YouTube Channels – SCARCEWORLDWIDE and SCARCE WORLDWIDE) feature lots of videos of the small cats he looks after.

Wildlife Conservation Network

See Wildlife Conservation Network for more information on conservation projects.

Andean Cat Alliance

The Andean Cat Alliance works to save the Andean cat.

The Cougar Network

For information on Pumas see The Cougar Network.

Wild Cat Centers in Chile

These places Wild About Cats, Sierra Endangered Cat Haven, Feline Conservation Center, the Conservator’s Center, and Refugio Animal in Chile keep many species of wild cats.

Jethro Tull

SWCCF thanks Jethro Tull for supporting small cat conservation projects.

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