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What Do We Do

The IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) is a worldwide network of biologists, wildlife managers, government officials, independent researchers, non-government (NGO) representatives, farmers, traders, tanners, fashion leaders, and private companies actively involved in the conservation of the world's 23 living species of alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials in the wild.

Coming Events

Please click on read more below to find a full list of up-coming events by Crocodile Specialist Group. From time to time we will also add other interesting events happening around the world.

Latest News and Information

Traceability in Crocodylian Conservation and Management

As reported in a recent CSG Newsletter [40(3)], the CSG Executive Committee endorsed, and has now released, "Traceability in Crocodylian Conservation and Management". The report addresses  traceability, an issue that has been debated at recent CITES forums. The CSG Executive Committee thus agreed to review traceability, as it applies to crocodylians at this point in time, and to provide CSG members and others interested in the issue, with a snapshot of key points. Dr. Dan Natusch prepared an overview of traceability in reptiles in general, which comprises Chapter 3 of the report.

Download "Traceability in Crocodylian Conservation and Management"


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Tratado de Crocodilianos do Brasil

"Tratado de Crocodilianos do Brasil" (= Treatise on Crocodilians of Brazil) was launched on 14 August 2021, and represents an innovative and relevant academic contribution to herpetology and Brazilian society. The book involved a multitude of professionals over a 3-year period, and was coordinated by editors André Barreto-Lima, Marcelo de Deus Santos and Yhuri Nóbrega. Sixty-nine qualified researchers from different academic and technical backgrounds, institutions, NGOs, companies, and countries (Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, USA, Venezuela) collaborated on the book. The 24 chapters are divided into 6 themes (paleontology, and taxonomy, field methods, sustainable use, veterinary medicine, cultural and traditional knowledge, research and perspectives on conservation).

The book is freely available in the virtual library of Projeto Caiman (https://www.imd.org.br/bibliocaiman).

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"Species of the Year 2021"

The Zoological Society for Species and Population Conservation (ZGAP) has chosen endangered crocodilians as "Species of the Year 2021", a campaign that is aimed at raising awareness of the threats and conservation needs of lesser-known wildlife species kept in zoos, and raising funds for conservation projects. During the year-long campaign, German-speaking zoos will be engaged in lobbying activities for three crocodile species, and raising funds to support three in-situ conservation projects:

•  Cuban crocodile in Zapata Swamp - Global Wildlife Conservation
•  Philippine crocodile on Siargao Island, Philippines - Crocodylus Porosus Philippines Inc.
•  Siamese crocodile in Kalimantan, Indonesia - Yayasan Kolaborasi Inklusi Konservasi

Download Media Information on this campaign, and view a short video by Anna Rauhaus on the Philippine crocodile at Cologne Zoo.
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"History of Crocodile Management in the Northern Territory of Australia:
A Conservation Success Story"

The history of crocodile management in the Northern Territory of Australia (NT) has been pulled together by Professor Grahame Webb into an easy-to-read booklet, which will be available very soon. The NT provides an interesting case study of how sustainable use has been successfully used to conserve a large predator, in this case the Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). But the road to this success has not always been smooth, and Professor Webb discusses the past and current threats to this management program. A summary has been extracted from this booklet, and can be downloaded here.

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"Marginals": Caimans of the Atlantic Forest

In a recent CSG Newsletter [39(1): 13-14] we reported on the launching of "Marginals": Caimans of the Atlantic Forest (in Portuguese and English) in November 2019. Projeto Caiman have made the book available as a downloadable pdf. Hard-cover copies can be ordered by e-mail (yhuri@institutomarcosdaniel.org.br; marcelo@institutomarcosdaniel.org.br) or via WhatsApp (+55.27.988272334) - all proceeds from sales go directly to conservation activities of Projeto Caiman.

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With the postponement of the 26th CSG Working Meeting and the Drone Workshop until May 2021, we wish to avoid having CSG members miss out on information that could potentially assist their research, management and conservation efforts in the interim. To that end, and in keeping with our original goal of establishing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) community of practice within the CSG, we are providing a range of resources here. We intend for this to be an open and interactive forum, and we encourage submissions and input from participants.

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Building Public Awareness of New Hunting Regulations in Madagascar

The Madagascar Crocodile Conservation and Sustainable Use Program (MCCSUP), launched in 2014 in collaboration with the Malagasy CITES Management Authority, to assist Madagascar to improve crocodile conservation and management, recently released some public education materials to raise public awareness on new hunting regulations. A colouring book was produced for distribution to schools, a poster was developed highlighting the hunting regulations, and a cartoon-style film developed for television. The short film features local dialect, music, folklore and wildlife (view film). CSG Newsletter 39(2) contains more details on this initiative.


Poster                  Film (view)                                Colouring book

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IUCN World Conservation Congress Postponed

The IUCN World Conservation Congress has been postponed to 3-10 September 2021.

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New Dates for the 26th CSG Working Meeting

Due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 26th CSG Working Meeting to held in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, has been postponed again, to July 2022. The meeting organisors apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause, but appreciate your understanding given the circumstances that we are facing around the world at this time. Confirmation of final dates will be posted by November 2021.
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Latest IACTS (International Alligator and Crocodile Trade Study) report, 2017-2019 (John Caldwell; UNEP-WCMC). Download.

5th Charotar Crocodile Count - January 2018 (Voluntary Nature Conservancy 2018). Download
Charotar Crocodile Count - Summer (May) 2018 (Voluntary Nature Conservancy 2018). Download
6th Charotar Crocodile Count - January 2019 (Voluntary Nature Conservancy 2019). Download
7th Charotar Crocodile Count - January 2020 (Voluntary Nature Conservancy 2020). Download
8th Charotar Crocodile Count - January 2021 (Voluntary Nature Conservancy 2021). Download

Drone Working Group webpage, including links to Youtube videos of virtual workshops.