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Crocodilian Conservation


Reptile Encounters is working to raise awareness and help the conservation of these amazing reptiles. Our Crocodilian Conservation Project offers educational information, displays and a small merchandise line. The sale of all merchandise will be donated to help with research and conservation efforts for a variety of endangered crocodilians. Check back regularly to see how our merchandise sales are helping.  


12 of the 27 living species of crocodilians are endangered. 7 species are listed as critical. Research and education are important to protecting the future of these incredible reptiles.


List of endangered crocodilians with status

CR- critical

VU- vulnerable

Chinese Alligator    Alligator sinensisCR 

Philippine Crocodile    Crocodylus mindorensisCR 

Orinoco Crocodile    Crocodylus intermediusCR 

Siamese Crocodile    Crocodylus siamensisCR 

Gharial    Gavialis gangeticusCR 

Cuban Crocodile    Crocodylus rhombiferCR 

African Slender-snouted Crocodile     Mecistops cataphractus CR

Central African Slender-snouted Crocodile    Mecistops leptorhynchus CR

Tomistoma    Tomistoma schlegelii VU 

American Crocodile    Crocodylus acutusVU 

Mugger Crocodile    Crocodylus palustrisVU 

Dwarf Crocodile    Osteolaemus tetraspisVU 

Congo Dwarf Crocodile   Osteolaemus osborni VU

Crocodilian species of least concern

American Alligator   Alligator mississippiensis LR/LC

Australian Freshwater Crocodile  Crocodylus johnstoni  LR /LC

Nile Crocodile   Crocodylus niloticus LR/LC

New Guinea Freshwater Crocodile   Crocodylus  novaeguineae  LR/LC

Hal's New Guinea Crocodile    Crocodylus halli LR/LC

Saltwater Crocodile  Crocodylus porosus LR/LC

Cuvier's dwarf caiman  Paleosuchus palpebrosus LR/LC

Schneider’s Smooth-fronted Caiman   Paleosuchus trigonatus LR/LC

Morelet’s Crocodile   Crocodylus moreletii LR/LC

Black Caiman   Melanosuchus niger LR/CD

Spectacled Caiman   Caiman crocodylus LR/LC

Yacare Caiman   Caiman yacare LR/LC

Broad Snouted Caiman  Caiman latirostris LR/LC

West African Crocodile  Crocodylus suchus  not assessed


                                  information from-iucn croc specialist group




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