The World Crocodile Conference’ to be held in Sri Lanka from May 20-23, 2013 with the slogan ‘Living with crocodilians’ will also be a first for the country, with the man behind the effort being Sri Lanka’s ‘croc man’ Anslem de Silva.
“It is the first time that the biggest crocodile conference in the world will be held in Sri Lanka,” explained Mr. de Silva whose tireless efforts to make the bid for it in Manila, Philippines in May have paid off, adding that the 22nd Working Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/Species Survival Commission (SSC) will be held at the BMICH. He had been supported in his bid by Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services (LECS) and Sri Lanka Convention Bureau.
The Manila meeting also saw Mr. de Silva being nominated as CSG’s Regional Chairman of South Asia and Iran. The CSG is a worldwide network of biologists, wildlife managers, government officials, independent researchers, non-governmental organisation 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.
Conference open to all
The World Crocodile Conference is open to all. Anyone may attend the conference after registration. For more details please contact the Conference Secretariat in Colombo, Lanka Exhibition & Conference Services (Pvt) Ltd., by emailing
or the Conference Director: Anslem de Silva at
Information on the world forum may be accessed at: www.csgsrilanka.com
Meanwhile, Mr. de Silva has invited both amateur artists and professional photographers to offer their paintings, sketches and photographs of crocodiles in their habitats for display during the conference.