Apart from a few species of birds, it is illegal to keep most native animals as pets. However, some species can be kept under licence.
Anyone over 16 years of age can apply for a native animal keepers licence. Anyone under 16 must have consent from a parent or guardian who must ensure they comply with the animal's care needs.
If you enjoy caring for animals, an alternative to keeping a pet is to help rescue sick or injured wildlife and care for orphaned young. Wildlife rehabilitation organisations always need more volunteer carers.