Established in July 2018, the Skink Specialist Group (SSG) is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The SSG is a global network of biologists and wildlife managers that are actively involved in research and conservation-related activities on the world’s ~1,660 skink species (Family Scincidae). The SSG Chairperson is Associate Professor David Chapple (Australia) and the Red List Authority is A/Prof Shai Meiri (Israel).
The SSG maintains a broad and diverse membership to enable it to achieve these goals.
Members are generally biologists or conservation managers that are actively involved in skink research and/or conservation.
The SSG currently has ~100 members from around the world!
The core roles and aims of the SSG are to:
1. Complete Red List assessments for all described skink species to identify species with high extinction risk;
2. Co-ordinate conservation management for threatened skink species worldwide;
3. Foster collaborative research on skinks, including studies of the factors influencing their extinction risk;
4. Promote research on Threatened and Data Deficient skink species;
5. Initiate and facilitate communication and collaboration among skink researchers and conservation managers worldwide.