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Zoological/Botanical Permit 




Zoological/ Botanical Permit to Possess 

Persons wishing to display specimens or products of endangered or threatened animals or federal endangered plants in a zoological/botanical program (e.g., zoological parks, aquaria, arboreta) must apply for a permit for zoological/botanical purposes. If specimens to be held under a permit for zoological/botanical purposes are to be available for public viewing, the public display shall include a notice which describes the endangered or threatened status of the species and explains the means of legal acquisition of the specimens, such notice shall be posted prominently in a location easily visible to all visitors. Applicants must provide:

  • a photocopy of an Exhibitor Permit issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • an outline of all proposed programs that would utilize specimens or products of endangered or threatened species;
  • a statement of the training and experience of those persons to be responsible for the care of the endangered or threatened species;
  • a statement as to how the possession of the specimens or products of endangered or threatened animals or federal endangered plants by the applicant will enhance the welfare of the species involved; (program promotes survival of spp and habitat, program promotes ecological needs of natural pop, program promotes understanding of role of spp in environ);
  • a description, including photographs, of the facilities intended for use in holding the endangered or threatened species (see facilities standards); and 
  • a verified statement that any specimens to be used in a zoological/botanical program will be legally obtained.

Application for permit for possession of endangered and threatened species

Additional Permit Information

Additional information that may be applicable to zoological/botanical permits can be found here.