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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

With the postponement of the 26th CSG Working Meeting and the Drone Workshop until May 2021, we wish to avoid having CSG members miss out on information that could potentially assist their research, management and conservation efforts in the interim. To that end, and in keeping with our original goal of establishing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) community of practice within the CSG, we are providing a range of resources here. We intend for this to be an open and interactive forum, and we encourage submissions and input from participants.

Surveying American Crocodiles at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Station,
Florida Power and Light (Photograph: Lonnie McCaskill)


Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles, Volumes 1 and 2

Some 13 years have passed since the publication of “Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles: An Atlas and Text” in 2007. Since that time, a wealth of new information concerning the pathology and diseases of reptiles has been published. Elliott Jacobson (University of Florida) and Michael Garner (Northwest ZooPath) have joined forces to compile “Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles: Color Atlas and Text (Volume 1)” and “Noninfectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles: Color Atlas and Text (Volume 2)”. A brief summary of contents will be provided in the July-September 2020 issue of the CSG Newsletter. For anyone with an interest in diseases of reptiles, including crocodilians, these two volumes provide an updated review of a diversity of subjects.


Both volumes are now available from CRC Press and Amazon.


Building Public Awareness of New Hunting Regulations in Madagascar

The Madagascar Crocodile Conservation and Sustainable Use Program (MCCSUP), launched in 2014 in collaboration with the Malagasy CITES Management Authority, to assist Madagascar to improve crocodile conservation and management, recently released some public education materials to raise public awareness on new hunting regulations. A colouring book was produced for distribution to schools, a poster was developed highlighting the hunting regulations, and a cartoon-style film developed for television. The short film features local dialect, music, folklore and wildlife (view film). CSG Newsletter 39(2) contains more details on this initiative.

Poster                  Film (view)                                Colouring book


"Wild Women Interviews"

Janaki Lenin, ex-CSG Regional Chair for South Asia and Iran, has recently initiated a weekly video interview series called #WildWomenInterviews, and plans to interview women working in various sectors of nature, wildlife and wilderness - biologists, photographers, anthropologists, writers, etc. The first three interviews were with Vidya Athreya (leopards and people), Manori Gunawardena (managing landscapes for elephants) and Mittal Gala (naturalist in tourism industry), respectively. Janaki hoped to expand the series to non-English speaking women eventually. All recordings of the unedited Skype interviews can be accessed on youtube.


Conference Cycle on Crocodilians in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region

The CSG Latin America and Caribbean regional office has organised a series of virtual conferences to strengthen and expand communication amongst CSG members, students, etc., in the region, and promote discussion on issues on crocodilian conservation, research and management of crocodilians. The first presentation was on 21 April, and the series will continue until further notice.

Participants can easily log in and watch live presentations on the LAC Facebook page, or watch the taped sessions later on the LAC Facebook page or LAC Youtube channel. Although presented in Spanish, the majority of Powerpoint presentations are in English, allowing non-Spanish speakers to follow the themes.

"Seven Days on the Santee Delta"

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.


New Book on Alligators!

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.


IUCN World Conservation Congress Postponed

The IUCN World Conservation Congress, which was re-scheduled  to 11-19 June 2020, has been postponed again to later in 2021. Information relating to this second postponement, including dates, will be available in due course.


New Dates for the 26th CSG Working Meeting

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 Postponed

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).