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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.

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

6th Charotar Crocodile Count - Counting for Conservation (4-6 January 2019)

The Voluntary Nature Conservancy (VNC) invites participants for the 6th Charotar Crocodile Count, to be conducted on 4-6 January 2019. Charotar is one of the few places where you can see rare human-crocodile co-existence. Crocodiles here live in village ponds, which are also shared by villagers. 

What will you do and learn? You will: get first-hand experience in crocodile population estimation through daytime survey method; interact with the local communities to understand their relationship with crocodiles; learn about crocodiles through presentation and interaction with crocodile experts; and, meet and and interact with like-minded people who love crocodiles and want to protect them.

Who can apply? Anyone who is over 18 years of age, with a passion and love for nature, is welcome to participate.

How to be part of this? Due to limited space, participants will be selected on the basis of their application. Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee of Rs 1200, which covers hands-on training, resource materials, meals, accommodation and T-shirt. Travel expenses to and from Anand/Vallabh Vidyanagar is the responsibility of participants. Online application form is available at: https://vncindia.org/ccc2019/

Contact details: For further enquiries please e-mail (anirudh@vncindia.org) or telephone (+91.98988142170).


2nd Forum on Crocodiles in the Philippines, Philippines, 6-8 March 2019

This 3-day Forum on crocodiles aims to highlight the plight of Crocodylus porosus and C. mindorensis in the Philippines, and to explore possibilities for furthering crocodile conservation and sustainable management in the country. The Forum is an affirmation of the continuous effort of the Filipino People to conserve their crocodilian species in their natural environments.

Papers may be submitted either as oral or poster presentations, in the following themes: natural history and ecology; husbandry, veterinary and health; conservation, research and management; and, encouraging Human-Crocodile Coexistence of crocodiles in the Philippines. All accepted presentations will be peer-reviewed for subsequent publication in the Forum Proceedings.

Details on registration, submission of abstracts, accommodation, etc., are now available at: http://crocforumph.philippinecrocodile.com.ph


CSG Central America & Caribbean Sub-regional Meeting, Belize, 26-29 June 2019

The Belize Forest Department and the Crocodile Research Coalition are hosting a CSG Regional meeting, to be held at the Belize Ocean Club, Placencia Peninsula, Belize, on 26-29 June 2019. Marisa Tellez (marisatellez13@gmail.com), CSG Regional Vice Chair for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, with responsibility for the Central America and Carribean sub-region, is organising the meeting, with assistance from the LAC office and host organisations.

The theme of this 4-day meeting is “Fostering Regional Conservation through Collaboration”. The meeting is intended to build the network of key stakeholders in Central America and the Caribbean, and to discuss current conservation and management issues as well as further collaborative research within the sub-region.

Details are now available on the meeting website - www.2019csgregionalmeeting.com

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

Quehacer Cientifico en Chiapas  (July-December 2017), Volume 12, Issue 2. Conservation and Management of Crocodilia in America. Download.

Latest IACTS (International Alligator and Crocodile Trade Study) report (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

Proceedings of Second Symposium on Ecology and Conservation of Crocodilians of Venezuela (2017). Download

"Muggers of Vadodara" by Raju Vyas (2018) is now able to be downloaded as a pdf (Download).