Zoo licence


To get a licence you must: 

  • help educate people about biodiversity 
  • be suitable for the types of animals you’re keeping 
  • have a high standard of animal care 
  • do as much as possible to stop any animals escaping 
  • stop pests and vermin getting into the zoo 

You must also do at least one of the following: 

  • conservation research or training 
  • sharing conservation information 
  • captive animal breeding 
  • helping repopulate or reintroduce species into the wild 

You must make sure the zoo will not affect: 

  • the health and safety of local people 
  • local law and order 
  • the animals’ wellbeing