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.
NYC Health Code List of Prohibited Wild Animals (PDF, 150KB)
Office of Veterinary Public Health Services
125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor, Room 207
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (646) 632-6604
Fax: (646) 632-6605
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Illegal Animal
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