What is EOL? - Information and pictures of all species known to science

Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice.

This dream is becoming a reality through the Encyclopedia of Life. 

Our Vision: Global access to knowledge about life on Earth.

Our Mission: To increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.

EOL is supported by the following institutions:

  • Atlas of Living Australia
  • La Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)
  • Harvard University
  • Marine Biological Laboratory
  • New Library of Alexandria
  • Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History

EOL collaborates with the following global bioinformatics projects:

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD)
  • Catalogue of Life (COL)
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)