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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

The 23rd CSG Working Meeting will be held at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, on 26-30 May 2014. The theme of the meeting is "Crocodilian Conservation: A Lesson in History". A CSG Steering Committee meeting will be held on 25 May 2014.

Visit the meeting website (http://csg2014louisiana.com/index.php) for details on registration, accommodation,  travel, field trips, etc.

Student presentations and posters will be judged during the meeting, and prizes awarded to the top three students.

A special issue of the South American Journal of Herpetology (SAJH) is to be devoted to selected presentations from the Crocodilian Biology Session of the 23rd CSG meeting. Click here for details.


The Chairman of the CSG Siamese Crocodile Task Force extends an invitation to attend the "1st Siamese Crocodile Conservation and Husbandry Meeting" and "Siamese Crocodile Task Force Meeting 2014" will be held at Mahidol University, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, on 24-25 April 2014. The meeting represents a major forum for Siamese crocodile researchers, industry and conservationists.

The program includes topics relating to Siamese Crocodile conservation, husbandry, management, etc., for wild and captive populations. Registration forms can be filled in and e-mailed to meeting organisers (csgthailand2014@gmail.com), who will also answer any questions regarding the meeting.


A symposium entitled Bridging Science and Practice in Crocodilian Conservation will be held under the auspices of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (www.atbc2014.org/index.php), in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 20-24 July 2014. Contact Ruchira Somaweera (ruchira.somaweera@gmail.com) for further details on the crocodile symposium.


The 2nd Symposium on Colombian Crocodilians, with the theme of "Crocodilian Conservation - An Opportunity for Communities", will be held on 2 December 2014, under the auspices of the 4th Colombian Congress of Zoology, in Cartagena, Colombia (1-5 December 2014). For more information, contact organisors at simposiococodrilos@gmail.com. See also Invitation.
NEW - Crocodilian Laboratory Diagnostics and Necropsy Reference List - compiled by Dr. Cathy Shilton.

NEW - Crocodilian Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics Overview: Haematology and Clinical Biochemistry - by Dr. Cathy Shilton.

NEW - Crocodilian Necropsy: Procedure and Normal Appearance of Tissues (Saltwater Crocodile Crocodylus porosus) - by Dr. Cathy Shilton.

NEW - Crocodilian Necropsy: Examples of Lesions in Saltwater (Crocodylus porosus) and Freshwater (C. johnstoni) Crocodiles - by Dr. Cathy Shilton.

Evolution of CITES in relation to the management and conservation of crocodilians (D. Jelden, H. Jenkins, J. Caldwell). Download here.

NEW - 10-year-old Karin Ebey (pictured below), a regular financial donor to the CSG over the past 3 years, has designed a calendar for 2014, featuring some of the world's crocodilians. Karin has made the calendar available to CSG members and friends - simply download the pdf and print it (Note: print double-sided using the "flip on long edge" option, and it should come out in the right format). Download calendar here.

NEW - CrocBITE - Worldwide Crocodilian Attack Database
is now online.

downloadable resources developed by the CSG Veterinary Science Group.

NOW AVAILABLE - Proceedings of the 22nd CSG Working Meeting (Negombo, Sri Lanka, 2013).