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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

IUCN World Conservation Congress Postponed

The IUCN World Conservation Congress, originally intended to be held on 11-19 June 2020, in Marseille, France, has been postponed to 7-15 January 2021. Information relating to the postponement is available on the WCC website.


7th Charotar Crocodile Count (January 2020)

The results of the 7th Charotar Crocodile Count (January 2020) are now available. Download.


"Seven Days on the Santee Delta"


Long-time CSG member and wildlife biologist Phil Wilkinson has joined with award-winning environmental writer and Wofford College professor John Lane to co-author “Seven Days on the Santee Delta”. The book traces Phil’s life against the backdrop of coastal South Carolina and the Santee Delta - the largest river delta on the eastern seaboard of the USA.

Georgetown native Phil grew up on Hopsewee Plantation on the North Santee River, and knows the Santee Delta with the intensity of time. The book is beautifully illustrated with Phil’s photographs of the delta’s people, wildlife, etc., and combined with his homespun stories, “Seven Days on the Santee Delta” makes for an amazing read. It is good to see that the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust and Evening Post Books have managed to bring Phil Wilkinson’s legacy to a wider public audience.


Dr. Kent Vliet, another long-time CSG member, has put together a richly illustrated account of the biology, behaviour and conservation of the American alligator. With over 150 photographs from wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch, through “Alligators - the Illustrated Guide to their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation” (Johns Hopkins Press, 304 pp, 2020), Kent introduces readers to one of the world’s most recognised crocodilians.

The book combines Kent’s captivating storytelling with current scientific knowledge on the species, from its anatomy and physiology, to its complex social life. It will be a valuable addition to anyone’s collection, and especially for those interested and/or working with crocodilians.


Proceedings of the 25th CSG Working Meeting now available

The Proceedings of the 25th CSG Working Meeting (Santa Fe, Argentina, May 2018) are now available in pdf form, and can be downloaded here.


26th CSG Working Meeting Postponed

Due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 26th CSG Working Meeting to held in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, has been postponed to 3-6 May 2021 (download press release). The CSG Steering Committee is now planned for 2 May 2021, and the veterinary, drone and taxonomy workshops on 1 May 2021. The meeting website (https://www.biodiversidad.gob.mx/planeta/csg2020/index.html) provides updated information.

The meeting organisors apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause, but appreciate your understanding given the circumstances that we are facing around the world at this time.


23rd International Congress of Zoology, South Africa, 19-24 July 2020

The 23rd International Congress of Zoology to be held in Capetown, South Africa, has been postponed to 15-21 November 2021. The theme of the meeting is "Zoology in the Anthropocene - A Holistic Integrated Approach to Conservation".


"Crocodiles of the World"

Crocodiles of the World, written by Colin Stevenson and published by New Holland (Australia) for its "of the World" series, is now available. With 288 pages and over 300 photographs, the book is aimed at the interested general reader rather than experienced biologists. It covers general biology, evolution, conservation with summary chapters on the natural history and conservation status of each species.

Crocodiles of the World is available at bookstores and online in Australia (including Dymocks and Bootopia), and internationally through various online stores such as Amazon. Cover price is £16.99/$AUD40/$US29.99.

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
6th Charotar Crocodile Count - January 2019 (Voluntary Nature Conservancy 2019). Download
7th Charotar Crocodile Count - January 2020 (Voluntary Nature Conservancy 2020). 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).