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which pets can i have in new zealand

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by proudscouse, 23 Mar 2014.

  1. proudscouse

    proudscouse New Member

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    hi all ,
    first of all i have been lookin which pets i can have in new zealand wellington
    but could only see a few pets am hoping some one on here could post a full list which pets u can have and not have !!

    1) can i have tortoises ?
    2) which breed of dogs can i have ?

    i looked on gov site in nz !!

    thank you so much !!
     
  2. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    You can keep tortoises. They generally cost around NZ$1000.

    You can have most breeds of dogs although some are banned (e.g. American pit bulls).

    For reptiles and birds see the sticky threads at the top of the NZ forum (they are for zoos but most species can also be kept privately...the threads make it clear which cannot be kept by private persons).

    For fish there are some banned species (the obvious ones like piranhas etc).

    For mammals, without a permit you can have chinchillas, rats, mice, guineapigs, rabbits, cats and the various farm-stock (pigs, goats, llamas etc although there are laws about having livestock in cities and so forth). Dogs need licencing. With an appropriate permit and lots of rules you can have pest species such as possums and wallabies.
     
  3. proudscouse

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    thanks

    thanks for this help !!

    cheers
    neil
     
  4. driftaguy

    driftaguy Well-Known Member

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    I believe there's a list online somewhere of exotic animals allowed in NZ and says which ones can be kept privately?
     
  5. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    that is the list of species allowed to be kept by zoos. By "privately" it means licenced facilities which are not open to the public (e.g. Keystone or Peacock Springs).
     
  6. Monty

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    How about Tahr and Chamois, is it legal to keep them without a license.
     
  7. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    you need a licence and they have to be rendered incapable of breeding (e.g. castrated) unless you can get a permit for farming (I think there are or have been a couple of tahr breeders but not of chamois).
     
  8. PAT

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    Aren't there feral European hedgehogs in New Zealand? Would you need a permit to keep one of those?
     
  9. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    no permit needed for hedgehogs. Permits are needed for species which are game animals (e.g. deer, chamois, tahr) or which are pest animals (e.g. possums, wallabies, mustelids). Other introduced mammals are fine (i.e. hedgehogs, wild rats and mice). The point is in to stop animals being spread to new areas by people releasing pets or pets escaping (hence the reason the keeping of ferrets was banned a few years ago).
     
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    Oh good, my grandparents always tell me about how they used to leave milk out for the wild hedgehogs (thinking they were doing them a favour) and I always dreamed of moving to New Zealand and keeping hedgehogs.
     
  11. zooboy28

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    I don't know that many people do keep hedgehogs, I've never seen any for sale, or in zoos (except in small private collections possibly). Would probably be easiest to catch wild individuals, and hand raise young to tame them. Hedgehogs are very cool though, they would make interesting pets.
     
  12. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    no they are not ever sold (well, maybe sometimes but not that I've ever seen). They are in a few zoos here and there from time to time. I've seen them at Willowbank and Nga Manu, and Living Art near Rotorua has/had albino ones (apparently they are locally common in the wild up there). Catching an adult wild one to turn into a pet isn't very nice -- better to just leave it as a wild inhabitant in the garden and feed it -- but hand-raised ones make good pets. They need loads of room though (they are very active) so a little hutch doesn't cut it. Having said that, I've never heard of anyone keeping them as pets in NZ.
     
  13. asher

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    Can you have an emu as a pet?
     
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    You can own one. It's unlikely that you'll be able to interact with it beyond feeding and medicating, though.