In NSW you need a licence to keep most native animals as pets.
You need a licence to import or export almost all protected native animals into, or out of, NSW.
These licences allow handlers to legally catch and release reptiles (usually snakes) or possums from commercial and residential properties.
Find out how to apply for a licence to preserve and mount an animal for study or display.
Commercial activities that involve captive-sourced emus and emu eggs need a licence.
Office of Environment and Heritage may grant licences to control or harm native animals impacting on communities or property.
Injured, sick or orphaned native animals require specialised care and treatment to recover and be returned to the wild.
The main goal of our kangaroo management program is conservation. We work to ensure kangaroo populations are harvested in a humane way, and populations remain ecologically sustainable.
The way we regulate wildlife management activities in NSW is changing. Find out more.
The NSW Native Animal Keepers’ Species List contains the names of all fauna species that may be kept under licence in NSW.
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