Exotic Animals As Pets

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Close-up of a male lion Large Wild and Exotic Cats Make Dangerous Pets (PDF | 41 KB)

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Large wild and exotic cats such as lions, tigers, cougars, and leopards are dangerous animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) believes that only qualified, trained professionals should keep these animals, even if they are only to be pets.


Importation of Nonhuman Primates

Centers for Disease Control. Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

Importation of nonhuman primates for use as pets is not permitted under any circumstances.


Primates as Pets

Wisconsin Primate Research Center. Primate Info Net.

The Wisconsin Primate Research Center (WPRC) does not condone the private ownership of primates as pets. However, Primate Info Net links to some sites containing information for and advice to people who have primates as pets. There are also links to primate laws on the page.