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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.

In order to make an application online, you must complete the following form:

Apply for a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence


  • 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 orangutan)


  • 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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