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

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.


A conference on Crocodilian Genetics, Morphology and Molecular Sciences will be held at the Lake Charles Holiday Inn and Suites, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, on 8-11 August 2017. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.


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.



The CSG is seeking a copy of the book entitled "Crocodile Farm" by Ron Pawlowski (2006), published by Prentice Hall. Ron Pawlowski passed away recently, and his family found that they had never received a copy of his book. Anyone who has a spare copy, or knows where one may be available, please contact Charlie Manolis (csg@wmi.com.au).



Pooley, S. (2016). Croc Digest. A Bibliography of Human Crocodile Conflicts Research and Reports. Download.
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.

Summer CrocFest 2015 - Summary report (download here).