Map of Life App

Map of Life App

Launch Tool

  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iPod Touch
  • Android
  • Web

Prepare for heading outdoors by learning what plants and animals can be found in your part of the world with the Map of Life app. You can use your mobile device's location services to find what's local to you, or you can plug in a zip code or find a location on a map to see what lives in other places.

The app seeks to provide "best-possible" species range information and species lists for any geographic area. It aims to support global biodiversity education, monitoring, and research by pulling together a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time. 

You can access the information via the MOL website, where it is divided into three sections, including: a map of species, species by location, and species in reserves. There also is a mobile version for both iOS and Android. The app puts biodiversity into the palm of your hands by allowing you to discover and identify biodiversity anywhere you are or around the world, record your sightings to share with others, and engage with and record species worldwide. To be able to record your own sightings, you will need to set up an account, which is free.

Going Further

For Educators

The Map of Life app can help engage your students in efforts to understand and preserve biodiversity by providing them with a useful tool to learn about species and also to identify and record the species they see. Their records may help researchers fill critical gaps for conservation and species monitoring.

You can use the app or website in your classroom to help your students learn more about species and their habitats. The resource could be used as a starting-off point by your students for more in-depth research on different species.

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Grades Themes Type Project 2061 Benchmarks National Science Standards