The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. No person may keep any dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a licence.
Anyone wishing to keep any animal of a kind listed in the schedule of dangerous wild animals with the exception of zoos, circuses, pet shops or registered establishments for carrying out animal experiments.
You can download the list of Dangerous Wild Animals from Defra's website or request a copy from your local area licensing office.
Application forms can be obtained from the Trading Standards Service. You will need to complete an application form and return it together with the fee to the area licensing office.
Licence fees will apply.