Native animals in the wild

Most native animals in South Australia are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (NPW Act).

You must have a permit to take protected animals from the wild.

Under the NPW Act, to 'take' means "…any act of hunting, catching, restraining, killing or injuring, and any act of attempting or assisting to hunt, catch, restrain, kill or injure".

DEWNR regulates a wide range of activities involving animals in the wild. These activities include:

  • hunting duck and quail (during a declared season), as well as hunting unprotected native animals and introduced (feral) animals
  • rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured native wildlife
  • commercial kangaroo harvesting as part of the South Australian Kangaroo Conservation and Management Program
  • taking protected animals from the wild for public display in zoos or wildlife parks, captive breeding and introducing new species to the captive wildlife trade
  • capturing and removing venomous snakes causing anxiety to the public
  • trapping possums found in building roofs and releasing them outside of the building within 50 metres
  • destroying native animals where they are causing a detrimental environmental, economic or social impact
  • scientific research of native animals in their natural environment.

You need a permit to carry out any activities involving animals in the wild.

For further information or to determine whether you need a permit, please contact:

DEWNR Fauna Permits Unit
Phone: (+61 8) 8124 4972
Email: dewnrfaunapermitsunit@sa.gov.au