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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

The 24th Working Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group  will be hosted by SANParks at Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa, on 23-26 May 2016. The theme of the working meeting will be "Crocodiles, Communities and Livelihoods". A veterinary workshop is being planned for 21 May, and a meeting of the CSG Steering Committee on 22 May.

Details are now available on the meeting website (www.csg2016southafrica.org). The CSG Executive urges all CSG members and others interested in crocodilian conservation, management, research and trade to consider participation in the meeting.

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With the recent Ebola outbreak in the West African region now under control, consideration is now being given to holding the 3rd West and Central Africa Regional Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group in early December 2015, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 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.

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Julien Draper (MSc student, "Establishment of Historical Baselines of Species in West and Central Africa", Imperial College London) is seeking any information or recommendations for sources to enable him to produce a useful picture of the historical distribution (and possibly abundance) of crocodilian species in West and Central Africa (eg Osteolaemus tetraspis, Mecistops cataphractus). He is collating information from collected specimens, explorer's accounts, scientific expeditions, trade records, cultural use and local anecdotes - as far back as the 18th century.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Julien at julien.draper@imperial.ac.uk.

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Crocs of Charotar. Status, Distribution and Conservation of Mugger Crocodiles in Charotar, Gujarat, India (2015)
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by A. Vasava, D. Patel, R. Vyas, V. Mistry and M. Patel, 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.

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