Small Carnivore Specialist Group

Small Carnivore Specialist Group

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This is the site of the IUCN/SCC Small Carnivore Specialist Group (SCSG). Small carnivores represent over half of all species in the order Carnivora. This diverse group includes > 150 species in 9 families (Ailuridae, Eupleridae, Herpestidae, Mephitidae, Mustelidae, Nandiniidae, Prionodontidae, Procyonidae, and Viverridae; Schipper et al. 2008).

A central theme of the SCSG is to improve the dissemination of information on this incredible group of species. To aid in this effort and development of this site, we encourage you to submit information about meetings or conferences, weblinks, news articles, publications, and other items related to small carnivores.

The IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group (SCSG) brings together more than 80 of the world’s leading experts on small carnivores; including scientists, wildlife managers, and conservationists. This group of technical experts from over 25 countries promotes the conservation of the world’s small carnivores through science-based research, management and education.

The SCSG is one of over 120 similar international specialist groups which collectively form the Species Survival Commission (SCC) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Specialist groups perform species assessments for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in addition to development of species action plans.

The goals of the SCSG, as established by IUCN, are to:

  • Provide leadership for the conservation of all small carnivore species.
  • Determine and review on a continuing basis the status and needs of small carnivores, and support effective research, conservation, and management programs.
  • Make known the status and conservation needs of small carnivores, and promote their wise management.

Small Carnivore Conservation

Small Carnivore Conservation is our journal and the aim of this publication is to offer members of the IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group, and those who are concerned with the conservation of small carnivores in families of Ailuridae, Eupleridae, Herpestidae, Mephitidae, Mustelidae, Nandiniidae, Prionodontidae, Procyonidae, and Viverridae, original papers, news items, abstracts, and titles of recent literature.