Introduction to Zoo Biology - Zoos and the Law

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Zoos and the Law

Zoos need to comply with a wide range of laws relating to:

  • Zoo licensing
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental protection
  • Contract law
  • Employment law

Zoos must also comply with international law, e.g. the Convention on international Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This regulates the movement of rare species across international boundaries. Uses a system of permits.

Zoo Licensing

In most countries zoos must be licensed. This may be by a state authority or…

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