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Dangerous and wild animals background information

Animals Covered by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 include:


  • Marsupials - Tasmanian devil, Grey Kangaroo, Red Kangaroo, Wallaroo, Euro

  • Primates - Tamarins, New World Monkeys (Capuchin, Howler,Saki, Spider, Squirrel, Titi, Uakari, Woolly and the Night Monkey), Old World Monkeys (Baboons, Drill, Colobus Monkeys, Gelada, Guenons, Langurs, Leaf Monkeys, Macaques, Mandrill, Mangabeys, Patas Monkey, Proboscis Monkey and Talapoin), Leaping Lemurs (Indri, Sifakas and Woolly lemur), Large Lemurs (except the Broad-nosed and Grey Gentle Lemurs), Anthropoid Apes (Chimpanzees, Gibbons, Gorilla, Orang-utan).

  • Edentates - Sloths, the Giant Armadillo, the Giant Anteater

  • Rodents - North American Porcupine, Capybara, Crested Porcupines

  • Carnivores - Giant Panda, Red Panda, Jackals, Wild Dogs, Wolves, Coyote. (except foxes, the raccoon-dog and domestic dogs), Bobcat, Caracal, Cheetah, Jaguar, Lion, Lynx, Ocelot, Puma, Serval, Tiger and all other cats (except domestic cat breeds), Hyenas (except the aardwolf), Badgers (except eurasian), Otters (except eurasian), Tyra, Wolverine, Fisher, Ratel, Cacomistles, Raccoons, Coatis, Olingos, Little Coatimundi, Kinkajou, Bears, Civets, Binturong and the Fossa.

  • Pinnipeds - The Walrus, Eared and Earless Seals, Sea lions (except the common and grey seals)

  • Elephants

  • Odd-toed Ungulates - Asses, Horses and Zebras (except domesticated horses, hybrids and donkeys), Rhinoceroses, Tapirs.

  • Hyraxes - The Tree Hyrax and the Rock Hyrax

  • Aardvark

  • Even-toed Ungulates- The Pronghorn, Antelopes, Bison, Buffalo, Cattle, Gazelles, Goats, Sheep Camels, Guanaco, Vicuna, Moose, Elk, Caribou, Reindeer, Giraffe, Okapi, Hippopotamus, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Old World Pigs (Wild Boar, Wart Hog), New World Pigs (Peccaries) any hybrids of this list (except domesticated breeds).


  • Cassowaries

  • Emu

  • Ostrich


  • Crocodilians - Alligators, Caymans, Crocodiles, the False Gharial, the Gharial (gavial)

  • Lizards and snakes - Mole vipers, some rear-fanged venomous snakes (the Moila, Montpellier, Sand, Twig, Mangrove, Boomslang, Red-necked Keelback, Yamakagashi snakes), some front-fanged venomous snakes (the Cobras, Coral, Desert Black, Kraits, Mambas, Sea Snakes and all Australian poisonous snakes (including death adders), Adders, Barba Amarilla, Bushmaster, Copperhead, Fer-de-lance, Moccasins, Rattlesnakes and Vipers), the Gila Monster and the Mexican Beaded Lizard.


  • Spiders - Wandering, The Sydney funnel-web (and relatives), Brazilian Wolf, Brown Recluse (Violin), Black Widow (Redback and relatives) spiders.

  • Scorpions - Buthid scorpions

The purpose of this licence is to protect the health and welfare of the animal and ensure its security.

Contact Details

  • Name Environmental Safety and Health
  • Address People Directorate, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345