IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:
Of the 24 species of crocodilian, 7 are currently listed as Critically Endangered, 4 as Vulnerable, 12 as Least Risk. The IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) is a worldwide network of biologists ...
Of the 24 species of crocodilian, 7 are currently listed as Critically Endangered, 4 as Vulnerable, 12 as Least Risk. 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 gharial in the wild.

Group leadership

Dr Alejandro LARRIERA

Co-Chair

Alejandro Larriera es Médico Veterinario egresado de la Facultad de Ciencia Veterinarias de la Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) en el año 1981. Comenzó a formarse en conservación de especies ...

Alejandro Larriera es Médico Veterinario egresado de la Facultad de Ciencia Veterinarias de la Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) en el año 1981. Comenzó a formarse en conservación de especies silvestres mediante cursos de posgrado en la temática, para comenzar sus primeras investigaciones sobre el yacaré overo en el año 1984. Desde entonces es autor de mas de 150 publicaciones científicas y de divulgación en revistas nacionales e internacionales. Es Co Presidente del Grupo de Especialistas en Cocodrilos de la Comisión de Supervivencia de Especies de la Unión Mundial para la naturaleza (CSG/SSC/IUCN) a nivel mundial.

Es docente investigador de la Universidad Nacional del Litoral y Profesor de la cátedra de Manejo de Fauna y Flora de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias. Ex Director General de Manejo de Fauna y Flora de la Provincia de Santa Fe y Ex Subsecretario de Recursos Naturales de Santa Fe. Director de mas de 60 cientibecas de UNL, tesinas de graduación y becas de iniciación, doctorales y Pos-Doctorales del Conicet. Miembro de la Comisión Asesora de Investigación para evaluación de proyectos en la UNL. Autor de los proyectos de creación de diferentes áreas protegidas en la Provincia de Santa Fe, como el Parque Nacional Islas de Santa Fe (primero en la Provincia), y la Reserva Natural Manejada El Fisco como santuario para la conservación de los yacarés. Ex Presidente del ECIF (Ente Coordinador Interjurisdiccional de la Fauna Silvestre Argentina). Creador y Director del PROYECTO YACARE desde 1990, programa destinado a la conservación de los caimanes argentinos.

Entre otras distinciones recibió la "Citation of Excellence" de la SSC/IUCN en el año 2015; El "Castillo Award" del CSG/SSC/IUCN en 2018; y el Ralf Sommerlad Crocodile Conservation Award en 2023.

Mr Charlie MANOLIS

Co-Chair

After graduating from the University of New South Wales in 1980, Charlie Manolis began working with Grahame Webb on crocodiles in northern Australia. Conservation and management were the primary focus ...

After graduating from the University of New South Wales in 1980, Charlie Manolis began working with Grahame Webb on crocodiles in northern Australia. Conservation and management were the primary focus of activities in the 1980s, but these diversified in the late 1980s and 1990s, by which time crocodile populations were expanding rapidly. Sustainable use of wildlife was adopted as a conservation tool, which allowed the public to tolerate the recovery of Saltwater crocodiles. Charlie Manolis was invited to become a CSG member in 1988, and in 2018 he took on the role of Deputy Chair. Since 2004 he has been editor and compiler of the Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter, a key communication tool for the CSG. His involvement and publications on crocodilians have covered many aspects of research, management, conservation, including farming and production, welfare and training.

At a glance

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IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group
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