Native animal permit categories

All native animals in South Australia fall into one of four categories:

Unprotected

  • a permit to keep or sell these animals is not required
  • these animals are not protected in the wild.

Exempt

  • animals listed as Exempt are fully protected and a permit is required to take any of these from the wild
  • they are very common either in captivity or in their natural habitat
  • there are no restrictions on the keeping or sale of these animals

Basic

  • animals listed as Basic are fully protected and common either in captivity or in their natural habitat
  • these animals are usually easy to keep in captivity
  • a permit is not required to keep one individual animal, however the sale or disposal of that animal would require a permit
  • animals listed as Basic are fully protected and a permit is required to take any from the wild.

Specialist

  • these animals are fully protected in the wild
  • a Specialist permit to keep and sell is required
  • to obtain a Specialist permit, you may be required to prove you have the facilities, knowledge and experience to safely and properly care for the animal
  • any species not specifically nominated on the Unprotected, Exempt or Basic lists is automatically Specialist.

Specialist species:

  • are not generally kept in captivity
  • are considered to be of high status as a result of illegal trading or demand from trade (eg black cockatoos)
  • require special feeding or housing (eg koalas or wombats)
  • are endangered in their natural environment (eg golden-shouldered parrots)
  • require special expertise for handling and security (eg front-fanged venomous snakes).

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