Goals of the SCSG as Established by the IUCN

1)Provide leadership for the conservation of all small carnivore species.

2) Determine and review on a continuing basis the status and needs of small carnivores, and support effective research, conservation, and management programs.

3) Make known the status and conservation needs of small carnivores, and promote their wise management.

About Us

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 (SSC) 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.


A central theme of the SCSG is to improve the dissemination of information on this incredible group of species. Small carnivores represent over half of all species in the order Carnivora. This diverse group includes over 150 species in 9 families (Ailuridae, Eupleridae, Herpestidae, Mephitidae, Mustelidae, Nandiniidae, Prionodontidae, Procyonidae, and Viverridae; Schipper et al. (2008). Research findings, interesting natural history observations, records and reviews of species distributions are published in our biannual journal Small Carnivore Conservation at (http://www.smallcarnivoreconservation.org)

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