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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 First East and Southeast Asia Regional Crocodile Specialist Group Meeting will be held at the Angkor Paradise Hotel, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia, 25-29 May 2015. The meeting will be hosted by the Government of Cambodia, in collaboration with the European Commission and Flora and Fauna International.

The regional meeting will be preceded by a CSG Steering Committee meeting and a Siamese Crocodile Task Force meeting on 24 May. On 25 May there will be a special veterinary workshop (venue to be announced), which will be coordinated by Dr. Paolo Martelli (Hong Kong), Dr. Cathy Shilton (Australia) and Dr. Parntep Ratanakorn (Thailand). The regional meeting, on 26-28 May, will include a special session devoted to crocodilian diseases. A field trip (Tonle Sap Lake or crocodile farm) will take place on 29 May.

The meeting website (www.csg2015cambodia.org) is now online. We look forward to your participation in this regional meeting.

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Due to the recent Ebola outbreak in the West African region, the 3rd West and Central Africa Regional Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group has been postponed until early 2015. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

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The 24th CSG Working Meeting will be hosted by South African National Parks, and will be held at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 23-26 May 2016. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

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"Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians" by Prof. Gordon Grigg and Dr. David Kirschner is now available in Australia and New Zealand from CSIRO Publishing, and will be available in the USA and other parts of the world in May 2015 from Cornell Press. The book is a comprehensive review of the current knowledge on the world's crocodilians, and features more than 500 photographs and illustrations.

"The Eye of the Crocodile", a popular book on crocodilian research, written by Dr. William (Bill) Magnusson, is also now available. Tony Pooley once encouraged Bill "to wite an honest account of what makes a crocodile biologist tick", and through "The Eye of the Crocodile" Bill portrays the emotions that have motivated him to study crocodiles for over four decades. Download "The Eye of the Crocodile" in full, download it one chapter at a time, or purchase a copy.


Crocodile Conservation, Management and Farming in Indonesia: A Preliminary Review with Recommendations, authored by Matthew Brien, Bruce Shwedick, Lonnie McCaskill, Widodo Ramono and Grahame Webb, is now available. Download report.

Crocodile Management in Ethiopia - Review with Recommendations
, authored by Matthew Shirley, Ludwig Siege and Meseret Ademasu, is now available. Download report.

Status Assessment of Tomistoma in Peninsular Malaysia: Peat Swamp Forests of Selangor & Pahang, authored by Boyd Simpson, is now available. Download report.

NEW - Karin Ebey, CSG's youngest member [see CSG Newsletter 33(2) for details] has produced a colorful crocodilian calendar for 2015, featuring the world's crocodilians (Download calendar here).



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

Link - downloadable resources developed by the CSG Veterinary Science Group.

In honour of the late Dr. Fritz Huchzermeyer, the "Fritz Huchzermeyer Veterinary Science Research Assistance Scheme" (FHVSRAS) has been established, 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.