Exotic, Dangerous and Wild Animals Licences

 

Licence summary

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976 aims to ensure that where private individuals keep dangerous wild animals they do so in circumstances which create no risk to public and safeguard the welfare of the animals.

The Act does not apply to any dangerous wild animals kept in a zoo; pet shop or registered scientific establishment.  These premises are registered under their own specific legislation

Licences are required for any animal which appears on the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 Schedule.  Licences are issued by Wychavon District Council and will only be granted when the Council is satisfied that it would not be contrary to public interest on the grounds of safety or nuisance; that the applicant is a suitable person; and the animals' accommodation is adequate and secure.  Licenses are issued for one year to be renewed on 1 January of each year.

At additional cost to the applicant, we arrange a veterinary inspection before issue of first licence, and every year on renewal - as the legislation requires.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Where we grant a licence, we will impose conditions which cover issues such as:

  • A requirement that the animal be kept only by a person or persons named on the licence;
  • Restrictions on the movement of the animal from the premises as specified on the licence; and
  • A requirement that the licence holder has a current insurance policy which ensures both licence holders and others against any liability caused by the animal
 

Application Evaluation Process

Persons wishing to keep a dangerous wild animal on their premises must make an application for a licence from the Council if the animal is included in the schedule of dangerous wild animals shown below.  For further information please contact us on 01527 881395.

 

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

 Apply by Post

Telephone or e-mail us to ask for an application form, or download an application form.  Send the completed form with application fee and proof of insurance to us.

 

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' Court.

 

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' Court

 

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

 

Trade Associations

 

 

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2007 SI No. 2465

SCHEDULE of DANGEROUS WILD ANIMALS

NOTE: See section 7(5) of this Act for the effect of the second column of this Schedule

Scientific name of kind Common name or names
MAMMALS  
Marsupials  

Family Dasyuridae:

The species Sarcophilus laniarius.

The Tasmanian devil.

Family Macropodidae:

The species Macropus fuliginosus, Macropus giganteus, Macropus robustus and Macropus rufus

The western and eastern grey kangaroos, the wallaroo and the red kangaroo.
Primates  

Family Cebidae:

All species except those of the genera Aotus, Callicebus and Saimiri.

New-world monkeys (including capuchin, howler, saki, uacari, spider and woolly monkeys).

Night monkeys (also known as owl monkeys), titi monkeys and squirrel monkeys are excepted.

Family Cercopithecidae: All species. Old-world monkeys (including baboons, the drill, colobus monkeys, the gelada, guenons, langurs, leaf monkeys, macaques, the mandrill, mangabeys, the patas and proboscis monkeys and the talapoin).

Family Hominidae:

All species except those of the genus Homo.

Anthropoid apes; chimpanzees, bonobos, orang-utans and gorillas.
Family Hylobatidae: All species. Gibbons and Siamangs.

Family Indriidae:

All species of the genera Propithecus and Indri (Avahi laniger is excepted).

Leaping lemurs (including the indri and sifakas). The woolly lemur is excepted.

Family Lemuridae:

All species except those of the genus Hapalemur.

Large lemurs.

Bamboo or gentle lemurs are excepted.

Family Dasypodidae:

The species Priodontes maximus.

The giant armadillo.

Family Myrmecophagidae:

The species Myrmecophaga tridactyla.

The giant armadillo.

Family Myrmecophagidae:

The species Myrmecophaga tridactyla.

The giant anteater.

Family Canidae:

All species except those of the genera Alopex, Cerdocyon, Dusicyon, Otocyon, Pseudolopex, Urocyon, Vulpes and Nyctereutes.

The species Canis familiaris, other than the subspecies Canis familiaris dingo, is also excepted

Wild dogs, wolves, jackals, the maned wolf, the bush dog and the dhole.

Foxes, raccoon dogs and the domestic dog (but not the dingo) are excepted.

Family Felidae:

All except—

(a)

the species Felis silvestris, Otocolobus manual, Leopardus tigrinus, Oncifelis geoffroyi, Oncifelis guigna, Catopuma badia, Felis margarita, Felis nigripes, Prionailurus rubiginosus and Felis silvestris catus;

(b)

a hybrid which is descended exclusively from any one or more species within paragraph (a);

(c)

a hybrid of which—

(i)

one parent is Felis silvestris catus, and

(ii)

the other parent is a first generation hybrid of Felis silvestris catus and any cat not within paragraph (a);

(d)

any cat which is descended exclusively from any one or more hybrids within paragraph (c) (ignoring, for the purpose of determining exclusivity of descent, the parents and remoter ancestors of any hybrid within paragraph (c));

(e)

any cat which is descended exclusively from Felis silvestris catus and any one or more hybrids within paragraph (c) (ignoring, for the purpose of determining exclusivity of descent, the parents and remoter ancestors of any hybrid within paragraph (c)).

All cats including the bobcat, caracal, cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, lynx, ocelot, puma, serval and tiger.

The following are excepted:

(a) the wild cat, the pallas cat, the little spotted cat, the Geoffroy's cat, the kodkod, the bay cat, the sand cat, the black-footed cat, the rusty-spotted cat and the domestic cat;

(b) a hybrid cat which is descended exclusively from any one or more species within paragraph (a);

(c) a hybrid cat having as one parent a domestic cat and as the other parent a first generation hybrid of a domestic cat and any cat not within paragraph (a);

(d) any cat which is descended exclusively from any one or more hybrids within paragraph (c);

(e) any cat which is descended exclusively from a domestic cat and any one or more hybrids within paragraph (c).

Family Hyaenidae:

All except the species Proteles cristatus.

Hyænas. The aardwolf is excepted.

Family Mustelidae:

All species of the genera Amblonyx, Arctonyx, Aonyx, Enhydra, Lontra, Melogale, Mydaus, Pteronura and Taxidea.

The genus Lutra except the species Lutra lutra.

The species Eira barbara, Gulo gulo, Martes pennanti and Mellivora capensis.

Badgers (except the Eurasian badger), otters (except the European otter) and the tayra, wolverine, fisher and ratel (otherwise known as the honey badger).

Family Ursidae:

All species including the species Ailuropoda melanoleuca and Ailurus fulgens.

All bears including the giant panda and the red panda.

Family Viverridae:

All of the genus Civettictis.

All of the genus Viverra.

The species Cryptoprocta ferox.

The African, large-spotted, Malay and Indian civets and the fossa.
Pinnipedes  
Family Odobenidae: All species. The walrus.
Family Otariidae: All species. Eared seals.

Family Phocidae:

All species except Phoca vitulina and Halichoerus grypus.

True or earless seals.

The common seal (or harbour seal) and grey seal are excepted.

Elephants  
Family Elephantidae: All species. Elephants.
Aardvark  

Family Orycteropodidae:

The species Orycteropus afer.

The aardvark.
Odd-toed ungulates  

Family Equidae:

All species except Equus asinus and Equus caballus

Asses, horses and zebras.

The donkey and domestic horse are excepted.

Family Rhinocerotidae: All species. Rhinoceroses.
Family Tapiridae: All species. Tapirs.
Even-toed ungulates  

Family Antilocapridae:

The species Antilocapra americana.

The pronghorn.

Family Bovidae:

All species except any domestic form of the genera Bos, Bubalus, Capra and Ovis.

Antelopes, bison, buffalo, gazelles, goats and sheep.

Domestic cattle, buffalo, goats and sheep are excepted.

Family Camelidae:

All species of the genus Camelus.

Camels.

Family Cervidae:

All species of the genera Alces and Rangifer, except any domestic form of the species Rangifer tarandus.

The moose or elk and the caribou or reindeer.

The domestic reindeer is excepted.

Family Giraffidae: All species The giraffe and the okapi.
Family Hippopotamidae: All species. The hippopotamus and the pygmy hippopotamus.

Family Suidae:

All species except any domestic form of the species Sus scrofa.

Old-world pigs (including the wild boar and the wart hog).

The domestic pig is excepted.

Family Tayassuidae: All species. New-world pigs (otherwise known as peccaries).
Hybrids  

Any hybrid of a kind of animal specified (other than by way of exception) in the foregoing provisions of this column where at least one parent is of a kind so specified, and any animal of which at least one parent is such a hybrid.

This does not include an excepted hybrid of the Family Felidae.

Any mammalian hybrids with at least one parent of a specified kind, and any animal of which at least one parent is such a hybrid.

This does not apply to excepted cat hybrids

BIRDS  
Cassowaries  
Family Casuariidae: All species. Cassowaries.
Ostrich  
Family Struthionidae: All species. The ostrich.
REPTILES  
Crocodilians  
Family Alligatoridae: All species. Alligators and caimans.
Family Crocodylidae: All species. Crocodiles and the false gharial.
Family Gavialidae: All species. The gharial (otherwise known as the gavial).
Lizards and snakes  

Family Atractaspididae:

All species of the genus Atractaspis.

Burrowing asps, also known as mole or burrowing vipers and stiletto snakes.

Family Colubridae.

All species of the genera Malpolon and Thelotornis.

The species Dispholidus typus, Rhabdophis subminiatus, Rhabdophis tigrinus, Elapomorphus lemniscatus, Philodryas olfersii,

Tachymenis peruviana and Xenodon severus

Certain rear-fanged venomous snakes, Montpellier snakes and African vine snakes (otherwise known as African twig or bird snakes).

The boomslang, the red-necked keelback, the yamakagashi (otherwise known as the Japanese tiger-snake), the Argentine black-headed snake, the South American green racer, the Peruvian racer and the Amazon false viper.

Family Elapidae: All species. Certain front-fanged venomous snakes including cobras, coral snakes, kraits, mambas, whipsnakes and all Australian poisonous snakes (including the death adders).
Family Hydrophiidae: All species. Sea snakes.
Family Helodermatidae: All species. The gila monster and the (Mexican) beaded lizard.
Family Viperidae: All species. Certain front-fanged venomous snakes (including adders, the barba amarilla, the bushmaster, the fer-de-lance, moccasins, rattlesnakes and vipers).
INVERTEBRATES  
Spiders  

Family Ctenidae:

The genus Phoneutria.

Wandering spiders.

Family Hexathelidae:

The genus Atrax.

The Sydney funnel-web spider and its close relatives.

Family Sicariidae:

The genus Loxosceles.

Brown recluse spiders (otherwise known as violin spiders).

Family Theridiidae:

The genus Latrodectus.

The widow spiders and close relatives.
Scorpions  
Middle-Eastern thin-tailed scorpion Buthid scorpions.

Family Hemioscorpiidae:

The species Hemiscorpius lepturus.

Middle-Eastern thin-tailed scorpion

 

Further Information

All Licensing and Environmental Health Matters are now dealt with by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

For direct public enquiries and referrals:

General Customer Enquiries

Telephone: 01905 822799

Email: wrsenquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk

Fax: 01905-617132

Wprcestershire Regulatory Services