Can You Own A Penguin In California?

What pets are illegal in California?

5 Popular Animals that are Illegal as Pets in California

  • Ferrets. Ferrets are Mustelids, the biological family that also includes otters, mink, weasels, and polecats.
  • Hedgehogs. It is illegal to keep a hedgehog as a pet in California.
  • Monkeys.
  • Squirrels.
  • Gerbils.

Can I legally own a penguin?

To own a penguin legally will require a lot of permits and paperwork, plus you would only be able to obtain a penguin that was born in captivity from a facility holding USDA permits. Like other species of birds, penguins do better in number so you wouldn’t want to own 1 or 2 because penguins are social animals.

Where can you legally own a penguin?

All species of penguin are protected so that you could only (legally) get a penguin from a zoo that had bred it. Penguins are social animals and live in large colonies.

Can you have a hedgehog as a pet in California?

It is legal to own a hedgehog in all but a handful of states and some cities. Unfortunately, California is one of those states where it is illegal to own a hedgehog. If you still want to pursue a permit, call the California Department of Fish and Game. They have all the applications and can tell you what’s involved.