Transport of wildlife is a complicated process. The possible regulations that could apply to the transport of live wildlife include:


Anteater preparing to be transported
Credit: USFWS

Wildlife covered under USFWS import regulations includes:

  • Mammals
  • Non-Human Primates
  • Elephants & Ungulates
  • Marine mammals
  • Other Terrestrial Mammals
    • Marsupials
    • Rodents
    • Sloths, Bats & Dermopterans
    • Wild Birds

There are, however,  many other species that not listed here that may fall under CITES regulations for both import and export.Due to the complex nature of live wildlife transport, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service strongly recommends that you contact USFWS Law Enforcement officials at  your local, authorized port or the Division of Management Authority directly to ensure that all necessary regulations are followed prior to transport. For more information, please consult the Office of Law Enforcement.