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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

Proceedings of 24th CSG Working Meeting Now Available

The organising committee of the 24th CSG Working Meeting held in Skukuza, South Africa (23-26 May 2016) wishes to announce that the Proceedings of the meeting are now available. In line with the CSG Steering Committee's decision to allow organisors of this and future meetings to publish Proceedings in either hard-copy or electronic form, the Skukuza Proceedings are available as a pdf file.

Download: Skukuza Proceedings 2016 (4.9 MB) or Skukuza Proceedings 2016 (6.3 MB).

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"After a While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary"

In Costa Rica, some schoolchildren have the opportunity to raise baby crocodiles for a brief time through a unique head-start program. Dr. Brady Barr and author Jennifer Keats Curtis introduce children to this fascinating topic with their new picture book “After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary” (Arbordale Publishing). The journal-style story is written from the perspective of Alexa, a Costa Rican girl participating in the program. She journals the growth of her crocodile, “Jefe”, and along the way, learns a lot about these reptiles, and why it is important to help conserve them. Vivid photographs are combined with Susan Detwiler’s illustrations to help young readers grasp the concept that this is a realistic fictional story about a real program. The partnership between Brady Barr and Jennifer Keats Curtis helps children understand more about crocodiles and the critical need for their conservation. “After A While Crocodile” will be available in hardcover, paperback, e-book, and Spanish editions. Download Press Release.

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"Florida's Crocodile: Biology and History of a Threatened Species"

“Florida’s Crocodile: Biology and History of a Threatened Species” (Amber Publishing), written by Charles LeBuff, is his third contribution to the herpetology of Florida in book form. With a focus on the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), the book is a comprehensive examination of the species’ biology and life history (eg  growth, senses, salt-tolerance, reproduction, prey, longevity, size, temperature tolerance), and interaction with humans in Florida. The text is interspersed with interesting anecdotes about the American crocodile, and its more abundant relative, the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). The century-long decline and recent ongoing recovery of the species at its northern-most range is documented, in easy to read text. Download announcement flyer.



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Best Management Practices for Crocodilian Farming

Best Management Practices for Crocodilian Farming (CSG-BMP) has been developed by the CSG to provide guidance to crocodilian farms about current best management practices. The CSG-BMP accepts that scientific research is ongoing around the world, and will continually change our understanding of what constitutes best management practices. This is particularly germane to advances in science-based animal welfare research generally, and for example, the increasing awareness that species-specific traits in crocodilians impact greatly on the application of management practices to different species. The CSG-BMP recognises and accepts that farming conditions in different countries, for different species, have evolved separately, using both scientific and traditional knowledge, and that there is no single farming model that fits all circumstances. The CSG-BMP serves as a tool to ensure awareness among farmers of the five fundamental aspects of animal welfare though they may be achieved in different ways. The diversity of topics covered by the CSG-BMP reflects the complexity of issues involved in crocodilian farming.

Download the CSG-BMP.

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A Conference on Crocodilian Genetics, Morphology and Molecular Sciences, will be held at Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, on 8-11 August 2017. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.
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The 25th Working Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group will be held in Santa Fe, Argentina, in May 2018. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

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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 Student Research Assistance Scheme" (FHVS-SRAS) 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.

CrocFest Reports
  - Summer CrocFest 2015

  - Christmas CrocFest 2015
  - Summer CrocFest 2016