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

"No More Endlings", a non-technical publication which documents the profiles of around 46 globally endangered species, is now available (Motivational Press, 2015; 429 pp.; visit www.allisonhegan.com for more detailed description). The book relates the conservation stories of the researchers and other personalities working on these species, including Tomistoma schlegelii. The chapter by Mark Bezuijen (Tomistoma - In Pursuit of Living Fossils) draws on the work carried out by the CSG, Wildlife Management International, People, Resources and Conservation Foundation, and other agencies, in Indonesia since the 1990s. Aimed at general readership to raise public awareness and funds for biodiversity conservation, 50% of royalties will be donated to conservation agencies, including the CSG. "No More Endlings" is available for purchase at www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.barnesandnoble.com.

The 24th Working Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group  will be hosted by SANParks at Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa, on 23-26 May 2016. The theme of the working meeting is "Crocodiles, Communities and Livelihoods". There will be a veterinary workshop on 21 May, and a meeting of the CSG Steering Committee on 22 May.

Details are now available on the meeting website (www.csg2016southafrica.org). The CSG Executive urges all CSG members and others interested in crocodilian conservation, management, research and trade to consider participation in the meeting.


Julien Draper (MSc student, "Establishment of Historical Baselines of Species in West and Central Africa", Imperial College London) is seeking any information or recommendations for sources to enable him to produce a useful picture of the historical distribution (and possibly abundance) of crocodilian species in West and Central Africa (eg Osteolaemus tetraspis, Mecistops cataphractus). He is collating information from collected specimens, explorer's accounts, scientific expeditions, trade records, cultural use and local anecdotes - as far back as the 18th century. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Julien at julien.draper@imperial.ac.uk.

2016 Calendar - Karin Ebey, the CSG's youngest member, has again produced a colorful crocodilian calendar for 2016 (Download here).

CrocBITE - Worldwide Crocodilian Attack Database
is now online.

Downloadable resources developed by the CSG Veterinary Science Group.

The "Fritz Huchzermeyer Veterinary Science Research Assistance Scheme" (FHVSRAS) was established in honour of the late Dr. Fritz Huchzermeyer, with the specific goal of encouraging and assisting undergraduate and post-graduate students to undertake formal research to advance crocodilian veterinary science. Click here for details.

Summer CrocFest 2015 - Summary report (download here).