Protected animal permits

You must have a permit to take protected native animals, including their eggs, from the wild to bring them into captivity or to translocate them as part of a conservation project.

We assess permit applications against conservation criteria in line with the Take from the Wild Policy and Standard to consider the:

  • impact on existing populations of taking animals from the wild
  • reason for taking an animal from the wild
  • conservation status of the species
  • status of the species in captivity
  • knowledge and experience of the applicant.

Species of higher conservation concern are subject to extra considerations.

Permit applicants must provide evidence of landowner permission to be on the land for the purpose of taking protected animals from the wild. Applicants may attach a completed copy of this permission to enter land form when submitting their application.

Permits to take protected animals are granted for a maximum of 12 months. Permit extensions cannot be granted. However, you may apply for a new permit if you fail to get the total number of animals specified on the original permit.

Apply for a permit

Please allow up to four weeks for your permit application to be processed.

Permits to take protected animals may be granted to people wishing to:

1. Take from the wild for keeping in captivity, including the purposes to:

  • add new native animals to the captive trade industry
  • display or demonstrate native animals
  • take scientific or biological products

To apply for this permit, download the Take from the wild (for keeping in captivity) application form. You should have a separate keep permit for the animal.

2. Take from the wild for conservation, including the purposes to:

  • translocate animals as part of a threatened species recovery program
  • take and breed animals ex-situ as part of a threatened species recovery program

For more information on requirements for a conservation translocation including a translocation plan template please contact translocation@sa.gov.au. Conservation translocations also often require a scientific research permit.

To request a Take from the wild (for conservation) application form please contact wildlife@sa.gov.au.

You may need separate permits to import or export if your program involves translocating animals interstate.

Fees

An application fee, permit fee and royalties are payable for permits to take protected animals from the wild. The royalty fees depend on the conservation rating of the animal and the number of animals the permit allows you to take from the wild.

Permit fees and royalties are not refundable, even if you are unsuccessful in taking animals from the wild. Permit and royalty fees apply for subsequent permits.

Unprotected animals

Most animals classed as unprotected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 do not require a permit to be taken from the wild. However, if you would like to take a galah or little corella to keep in captivity or for sale in the pet trade a permit is required. See information for Take from the wild permit (unprotected).