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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.

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Simon Pooley has produced two posters entitled "Don't get eaten by a croc", that aim to raise awareness in locals (especially children) and visitors to areas of South Africa, Swaziland and India (Gujarat), where humans live alongside crocodiles and where attacks have occurred. The posters are large format and colourful, with an eye-catching illustration by Chloe Townsend. Concise top tips on avoiding being attacked are offered in colourful circles. A map shows where attacks have occurred, based on long-term data collated by Simon Pooley (South Africa, Swaziland) and Anirudh Vasava (Voluntary Nature Conservancy; Gujarat). Text includes summaries of attack data and details on who to contact in cases of "problem" crocodiles, and each poster has an infographic further summarising attack data by activity and demographic profile of victims.

The printed posters are being distributed free in northern KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa, in Swaziland, and in Gujarat. They are available together with further information (in Pooley's book "Don't Get Eaten by a Crocodile" in South Africa or Swaziland) and a quiz is available on request, for outreach work. Both posters were funded by the Lambert Bequest, which Funds Simon's lectureship at Birbeck University of London. An additional poster is being developed for Botswana, with Vince Shacks.


The latest IACTS (International Alligator and Crocodile Trade Study) report, authored by John Caldwell and published by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), is now available (download report). The report is based on analysis of CITES Annual Reports for the 2006-2015 period, with input from specific wildlife authorities where required. It shows trends for crocodilian species involved in international trade since 2006, with particular emphasis on 2013-2015  - the most recent 3-year period for which there are reasonably complete data in the CITES Trade Database. [Full citation: Caldwell, J. (2017). World Trade in Crocodilian Skins 2013-2015. UNEP-WCMC: Cambridge].


The 25th Working Meeting of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (Thirty Years Later .... a Problem becomes a Livelihood), will be held in Santa Fe, Argentina, on 7-10 May 2018. Details are now available on the meeting website (https://www.25wmcsgsantafe.com).

A Veterinary Workshop will be held on 5 May, the CSG Steering Committee will meet on 6 May, the Working Meeting will be on 7-10 May, and a field trip is planned for 11 May. Registration is now open.

  - Summer CrocFest 2017

Interesting website from DirectStarTV with Kids Activity Centre (includes downloadable activities for kids).