The Crocodilian Advisory Group (CAG) is the Association of Zoo
and Aquarium's first and oldest taxon advisory group, sanctioned
by the AZA's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) in 1986.
This elite group of zoo and aquarium professionals specializes
in captive management, education, and conservation of the world's
crocodilian species and provides their expertise in husbandry,
breeding, educational programs, and captive management for zoo
and aquariums worldwide. Captive breeding can be a powerful conservation
tool for the critically endangered species. Our greatest challenge
to date has been the marshalling of the necessary space and resources
for the captive management of imperiled crocodilian species. Cognizant
of this situation, the CAG feels compelled to redirect its attention
to include more focus on education and the promotion of in-situ
CAG Mission Statement:
To promote conservation of the world’s crocodilians and their habitats through species management, education, and research.
The objectives of the CAG are as follows:
- Develop, conduct, and support programs to further crocodilian conservation by:
-Monitoring the status of wild crocodilian species and recommending supportive AZA programs.
-Serving as a management advisory group for target species, developing studbooks and SSP programs where appropriate.
-Monitoring captive populations of crocodilians.
-Managing surplus captive crocodilians in accordance with AZA guidelines.
-Analyzing data generated from monitoring wild and captive crocodilian populations and their supportive programs.
-Providing financial support for crocodilian conservation activities.
-Supporting engaging educational opportunities.
- Facilitate cooperation and collaboration between zoos, the scientific community and the private sector.
- Serve as a resource for information concerning crocodilian species management, education, and research.
- Support the goals of the AZA.
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