Wild animals including lions, tigers, crocodiles, rattlesnakes and zebras are being kept legally on private property across the UK, figures have revealed.
Animal welfare experts have expressed concern at the findings.
What Pets Can you own in the UK?
15 of the Weirdest Pets That You Can Actually Own in the UK
- 1)African Pygmy Hedgehog. Hedgehogs are mega cute, and it turns out you can actually own your very own prickly hedgehog friend!
- 2) Pygmy Goat.
- 3) Micro Pig.
- 4) Capybara.
- 5) Tarantula.
- 6) Axolotl.
- 7) Marmoset Monkey.
- 8) Octopus.
Do you need a permit to own a zebra?
Owning a zebra is perfectly legal in most of the United States. Then there are the zebras themselves: Beautiful as they are, horsey as they seem, they’re not domesticated like horses. And their kick can kill a lion.
How much does it cost to own a zebra?
How much will a zebra set you back? There are a handful of breeders around the country offering Plains zebras for $3,000 to $7,000, depending on their age and condition. (It’s illegal to trade in the other species, which are endangered, unless you own a zoo or wildlife sanctuary.)
Can I own a tiger in the UK?
In England, the ownership of dangerous wild animals is permitted, but the owner must obtain a license for each animal held. All cats, including the bobcat, caracal, cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, lynx, ocelot, puma, serval, and tiger, are subject to the ownership restrictions.
Can I own a sloth UK?
The short answer is yes. You can keep pretty much any animal given you have the right paperwork, authority, housing, husbandry skills, etc etc. I do not know of any Sloths kept in private hands, only in zoos, but it wouldn’t suprise me if there are a small handful in private collections in the UK.
Are there any big cats in the UK?
A European wildcat, the Scottish population of which is the only wild cat species known to live in Britain.