Information for Zoos About Bringing an Animal into the U.S.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The same CDC regulations that apply to animals for individual use also apply for zoos.

Gibbon mother with infant Importation of Pets and Other Animal & Animal Products into the United States

CDC. National Center for Infectious Diseases. Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

Information on the importation of dogs, cats, turtles, monkeys and other animals and animal products capable of causing human disease. Pets taken out of the United States are subject, upon return, to the same regulations as those entering for the first time. The US government does not require general certificates of health for pets. However, because airlines sometimes require health certificates for pets traveling with them, you should check with your airline prior to your travel date.

Also see Frequently Asked Questions about Importation of Animals. It provides answers and links to pertinent regulations and documents governing such importation.

Cinnamon Cat Pets and Wildlife-Licensing and Health Requirements

DHS. U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

An overview of all United States laws and regulations governing the importation of pets, wild animals, and animal products.

Customs dog Pets and Wildlife - General information

DHS. U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

General information on entering pets and/or wildlife into the United States.

List of State Veterinarians

United States Animal Health Association.

Provided is a nation listing of state veterinarians and their contact information.

Quarantine User Fees

Animal Plant Health Inspection Service.

Explains the costs for using APHIS facilities and services during the importation of birds, zoo animals, which includes fees for quarantine and veterinary diagnostic testing.

National Center for Import and Export (NCIE)

USDA. APHIS. Veterinary Services.

Provides information on bringing animals into or out of the United States.

GAO Report: Live Animal Imports. Agencies Need Better Collaboration to Reduce the Risk of Animal-Related Diseases. (PDF | 1.68MB)

Government Accountability Office.

GAO recommends that the Secretaries of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Interior develop a strategy to address barriers to agency collaboration that may allow potentially risky imported animals into the United States and jointly determine data needs to effectively oversee imported animals. In commenting on a draft of this report, the Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Homeland Security generally agreed with GAO's findings and recommendations. The Department of Health and Human Services provided technical comments only.

International Animal Export Regulations

USDA. APHIS. Veterinary Services.

Regulations governing the export of animals to other countries.

Marine Mammal Permits and Authorizations

NOAA Fisheries. Office of Protected Resources.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)generally prohibits removal or "take" of marine mammals in U.S. waters by any person and by U.S. citizens in international waters. NOAA Fisheries can authorize "take" for scientific research, enhancing the survival or recovery of a marine mammal species or stock, commercial or educational photography, first-time import for public display, capture of wild marine mammals for public display, incidental take during commercial fishing, and incidental take during non-fishery commercial activities. The site provides links to all the permits required for marine mammals.

Report of the Committee on Import-Export (PDF | 168 KB)

United States Animal Health Association.

This 2005 report from the import/export committee discusses animal import activities, and import of horses, cattle, and zoo species.

Fact About Federal Wildlife Laws (PDF | 324 KB)

DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This booklet is a guide to Federal laws that apply to the importation, exportation, trade and sale of wildlife, including live and dead animals and animal parts and products.

Threatened and Endangered Species System (TESS)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A current report of all listed animals and plants listed as endangered or threatened. Other links are provided on the species information page along with common questions about endangered species.