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Dangerous animals licence

People who would like to keep, or who are considering keeping a dangerous wild animal on their premises, must apply for a licence from the Council. All animals included in the list of dangerous wild animals shown below must be licensed.


  • The Tasmanian Devil
  • Grey kangaroos, the euro, the wallaroo and the red kangaroo


  • Tamarins
  • New-world monkeys (including capuchin, howler, saki, spider, squirrel, titi, uakari and woolly monkeys and the night monkey [otherwise known as the douroucouli])
  • 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)
  • Leaping lemurs (including the indri, sifakas and the woolly lemur)
  • Large lemurs (the broad-nosed gentle lemur and the grey gentle lemur are excepted)
  • Anthropoid apes (including chimpanzees, gibbons, the gorilla and the orang-utan)


  • Sloths
  • The giant armadillo
  • The giant anteater


  • The North American porcupine
  • The capybara
  • Crested porcupines


  • The giant panda and the red panda
  • jackals, wild dogs, wolves and the coyote (foxes, the raccoon-dog and the domestic dog are excepted);
  • The bobcat, caracal, cheetah, jaguar, lion, lynx, ocelot, puma, serval, tiger and all other cats (the domestic cat is excepted)
  • Hyenas (except the aardwolf)
  • Badgers (except the Eurasian Badger), otters (except the European otter), and the tayra, wolverine, fisher and ratel (otherwise known as the honey badger)
  • Cacomistles, raccoons, coatis, olingos, the little coatimundi and the kinkajou
  • Bears


  • The walrus, eared seals, sealions and earless seals (the common and grey seals are excepted)


  • Elephants


  • Asses, horses and zebras (the donkey, domestic horse and domestic hybrids are excepted)
  • Rhinoceroses
  • Tapirs


  • Tree and rock hyraxes (otherwise known as dassies)


  • The aardvark


  • The pronghorn
  • Antelopes, bison, buffalo, cattle, gazelles, goats and sheep (domestic cattle, goats and sheep are excepted)
  • Camels, the guanaco and the vicugna (the domestic llama and alpaca are excepted)
  • The moose or elk and the caribou or reindeer (the domestic reindeer is excepted)
  • The giraffe and the okapi
  • The hippopotamus and the pygmy hippopotamus
  • Old-world pigs (including the wild boar and the wart hog), (the domestic pig is excepted)
  • New-world pigs (otherwise known as peccaries)
  • Mammalian hybrids with a parent (or parents) of a specified kind


  • Cassowaries
  • The emu
  • The ostrich


  • Alligators and caimans
  • Crocodiles and the false gharial
  • The gharial (otherwise known as the gavial)
  • Mole vipers and certain rear-fanged venomous snakes (including the moila and montpellier snakes, sand snakes, twig snakes, the mangrove [otherwise known as the yellowringed catsnake], the boomslang, the red-necked keelback and the yamakagashi [otherwise known as the Japanese tiger-snake])
  • Certain front-fanged venomous snakes (including cobras, coral snakes, the desert black snake, kraits, mambas, sea snakes and all Australian poisonous snakes [including the death adders])
  • The gila monster and the (Mexican) beaded lizard
  • Certain front-fanged venomous snakes (including adders, the barba amarilla, the bushmaster, the copperhead, the fer-de-lance, moccasins, rattlesnakes and vipers)



  • Wandering spiders
  • The Sydney funnel-web spider and its close relatives
  • The Brazilian wolf spider
  • Brown recluse spiders (otherwise known as violin spiders)
  • The black widow spider (otherwise known as the redback spider) and its close known relatives


  • Buthid scorpions

For further information please submit an Enquiry Form.


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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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