Prohibited Wild Animals

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Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of City
The Health Code of the City of New York prohibits any animals in the City that are naturally inclined and capable of inflicting harm upon human beings.

Prohibited animals include any animals specified by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and any native or exotic wildlife whose possession or sale is prohibited because they are designated as protected or endangered pursuant to any federal, state or local law, regulation, or rule.


The list of prohibited wild animals, available under Additional Information, below, identifies animals which cannot be sold, given, received, kept, harbored or exhibited in New York City, unless they are in a zoological park or aquarium operated by the Department of Parks, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Staten Island Zoological Society; a scientific laboratory operating with valid permits and licenses from the relevant City, State and Federal authorities; a circus or native wildlife rehabilitator licensed by federal or state agencies; or a location which has received a Wild Animal Exhibition Permit from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, available on NYC Business Express, to exhibit or use such animals, and which has protective devices which are adequate to prevent such animal from escaping or injuring the public.
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NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)

Office of Veterinary Public Health Services
125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013
Fax: (646) 632-6605

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Illegal Animal

Website: http://www.nyc.gov/health


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