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Take from the Wild Permits (protected)

You must have a permit to take protected native animals from the wild to establish them in captivity. Permits may be granted:

  • to people wishing to supplement or introduce new species to captive trade
  • for the display of native animals
  • for the production of biological products
  • as part of a threatened species recovery program.

A permit fee and royalties are payable. The royalty fees depend on the conservation rating of the protected species and the number of animals that the permit specifies can be taken from the wild.

The permit fee and royalties paid are not refunded if animals are not successfully collected. Permits are granted for a maximum of 12 months. Permit extensions will not be granted.

You may reapply for a Take from the Wild Permit if you fail to get the total number of animals specified on the original permit, within the period of that permit. Permit and royalty fees apply for subsequent permits.

Conservation criteria

We promote fair and reasonable access to wildlife. When assessing an application we consider the:

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

Naturally, those species of higher conservation concern are subject to additional considerations.

All permit applications are carefully considered by the department using the criteria set out in the Take from the Wild Standard. The Fauna Permit Unit co-ordinates the application process.

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