The Exotic Skin Guide  For Garment MakersThe Exotic Skin Guide for Garment Makers

Learn about the top four exotic leathers for garments and why they are perfect garment-making materials.

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Alligator & Crocodile Skin: What is the Difference?Alligator & Crocodile Skin: What is the Difference?

Learn why crocodilian leathers are in such high demand and how to choose the best skin for your project.

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Alligator Skin Guide

Alligator Skin Guide

Avoid overpaying for alligator skins by ensuring you know exactly how they are measured and graded.

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Caiman Skin GuideCaiman Skin Guide

Avoid overpaying for caiman skins by ensuring you know exactly how they are measured and graded.

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Python Skin GuidePython Skin Guide

Become an expert on working with python skin by downloading our Guide to Buying Python Skin.

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Stingray Skin GuideStingray Skin Guide

Curious about exotic leather products such as stingray skin? Become an expert by reading our guide.

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Python Skin Comparison GuidePython_Mini_Guide_3D_Cover-866775-edited

Compare Burmese, short-tailed, and diamond python skins to become an expert on what features to look for in chosing the right material.

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Handbag Guide

Exotic Leather Handbag Guide

If you are planning an upcoming handbag design project, our free guide will teach you everything you need to know about selecting, sourcing, and working with different exotic leathers.

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crocodile_footwear_guideCrocodile Leather Footwear Guide

If you are planning an upcoming handbag design project, our free guide will teach you everything you need to know about selecting, sourcing, and working with different exotic leathers.

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Leather Project Calculations GuideProject Calculations Guide

Curious about exotic leather products such as Alligator, Python and Stingray skin and how much you will need for your project?

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The Luxury Fashion Industry and the Benefits of Using Exotic Leathers

Read this letter from the world’s leading sustainability experts on the benefits of the trade in exotics skins for species, habitats, people, and our planet.

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Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter: Volume 39/Number 3

Read the most recent CSG Newsletter, produced and distributed by the Crocodile Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). The CSG Newsletter provides information on the conservation, status, news and current events concerning crocodilians, and on the activities of the CSG.

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Exotic Leathers FAQ Sheet

 

This FAQ sheet has been compiled by 15 of the world's leading scientific experts on reptile biology, conservation management, and trade.  The document provides answers to common questions and myths about exotic leathers based on the best available science.  Short and long answers are provided along with supporting information.  The FAQ is a 'living' document and will be updated periodically as more scientific information becomes available. This fact-sheet has been produced by People For Wildlife, an NGO established to preserve biodiversity through market-based conservation systems and to communicate scientific facts about sustainability and biodiversity conservation. We hope you find this FAQ sheet useful for informing your teams about exotic leathers.  We envision the facts provided being used to help you address questions from external stakeholders (e.g., the public, or animal activist groups) about exotics leathers.

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CITES after Brexit

 

Check the most recent information on CITES requirements for imports and exports between the UK, Northern Ireland and the EU, following Brexit.

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Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter: Volume 39/Number 4

 

Read the most recent CSG Newsletter, produced and distributed by the Crocodile Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). The CSG Newsletter provides information on the conservation, status, news and current events concerning crocodilians, and on the activities of the CSG.

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American Alligator Design and Manufacturing Guide

 

This design and manufacturing guide provides basic technical information about alligator leather for fashion designers, leather sourcing professionals, and leather goods / footwear makers

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History of Crocodile Management in the Northern Territory of Australia

 

The Crocodile Farmers Association of the Northern Territory (CFANT) is a group that brings together the Crocodile Farmers of the Northern Territory to share knowledge and experience of the farming and conservation of crocodiles and to assist governments in making decisions concerning the species and the conservation of habitats for the betterment of indigenous and local communities. One of the prime focuses of CFANT in 2020 was to draw together the knowledge and experience of its members, in particular Professor Grahame Webb, to provide the history of the management of the crocodile species in the Northern Territory.

The International Crocodilian Farmers Association (ICFA) considers this document to be an important addition to factual information concerning the management of this incredible species.  The recovery of this species in the Northern Territory of Australia is something to be proud of and one that can be used as an example of what can occur to help a species recover when community, government, science and industry join together.

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Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter: Volume 40/Number 1

 

Read the most recent CSG Newsletter, produced and distributed by the Crocodile Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). The CSG Newsletter provides information on the conservation, status, news and current events concerning crocodilians, and on the activities of the CSG.

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Management and Trade in Reticulated Pythons Malaysia

 

This report describes the management context, strategy, and program being implemented in Peninsular Malaysia to ensure wild reticulated python populations are conserved, managed, and valued. It describes the indices used for evaluating objectively the degree to which the national conservation and management goals are being achieved.

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Exotic Leathers: Why Fashion Products are More Sustainable than Some Research Suggests

 

This report counters a false article concerning illegal trade in the luxury industry. At the time, the luxury industry received significant negative press about this.  The falsehoods in the original article and the National Geographic follow-up would easily be grounds for a defamation case. 

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Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter: Volume 40/Number 2

 

Read the most recent CSG Newsletter, produced and distributed by the Crocodile Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). The CSG Newsletter provides information on the conservation, status, news and current events concerning crocodilians, and on the activities of the CSG.

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IACTS report on the World Trade in Crocodile Skins 2017-2019

 

All crocodilians are listed in either Appendix I or Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and many are found in international trade for the leather and fashion industry, for meat, and as live animals for breeding operations, food, the pet industry, and zoos. This report shows the changing trends in the crocodilian species involved in this trade since 2010 with special emphasis on the years 2017 to 2019.

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