City of Raleigh Bans Private Ownership of Dangerous Exotic Animals

The City of Raleigh, North Carolina enacted an ordinance making it unlawful “to harbor, possess, keep, maintain, release, transport, or have under their control within the City any dangerous wild animal,” defined to include (but not be limited to) big cats, wolves, non-human primates, venomous snakes, and crocodilians. AZA-accredited zoos and research facilities are among the limited exempted parties. North Carolina remains one of four states with no state-level restriction on the private ownership of exotic animals.