Exotic & Wild Animal Regulations

Who Can & Cannot Have Wild & Exotic Animals

No wild or exotic animals are allowed to be kept as pets. The Director of the Animal Control and Rescue Center may issue temporary permits to people keeping injured or infant wild animals.

Zoos, circuses, animal exhibitions and veterinary clinics may exhibit or keep wild or exotic animals.

Wild or Exotic Animal Examples

Wild or exotic animals include but are not limited to:

  • Alligators
  • Caimans
  • Crocodiles
  • Foxes
  • Leopards
  • Lions
  • Lynx
  • Monkeys
  • Poisonous snakes
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Squirrels
  • Tigers
  • Wolves

For more information

If you are not sure whether an animal you're considering keeping is classified as exotic, please call the ACRC at 225-774-7700.