Born to be wild

Exotic animals are not meant to be pets

Real life stories

At 2006 Gu Gu panda bit both of a drunk mans legs for getting to close for comfort. 2007 a 15 year old walked into the Gu Gu panda cage during feeding time and got chunks removed from his body , and lastly in 2009 the panda bitten the man’s legs for coming into the cage for getting his son's toy.

In 2002 Isabel Von Jordan was killed by a 4.2m-long saltwater crocodile. Their tour guide lead them into a no-swim zone were later Isabel Von Jordan was taken and killed by the croc.

In 2009 Del Yotel Annie died from being stampeded by an elephant calf. She was on their grazing ground that should have been left alone.

Dangers to animals

Some people get them declawed and take their teeth out and beat them. Some common dangers to an exotic pet are stress, trauma and malnutrition.

Dangers to people

  • People can be killed
  • Get a disease
  • Get poisoned
  • Have their arms and legs ripped off
  • Get scars


A few states do not let you sell or keep an exotic animal, in other states you need a license. Also some states do not have laws against keeping or selling exotic pets like Wisconsin. Their are 8 states including Wisconsin that have not law against having exotic animals as pets. Also Nevada has restrictions on importation, transportation and possession of certain species like fish.

Impact on environment

When you remove an exotic animal from their habitat it can disrupt the animals ecosystem and it can also disrupt an ecosystem where they are taken to or escaped to. They can disrupt an ecosystem where they are taken to or escaped to by giving the native animals their diseases or killing them.


Through 1990-2011 75 deaths attributed to exotic pets. Between 5,000 to 7,000 tigers are kept as pets ( only 3,200 tigers are in the wild). 90% of estimated percent of all reptiles have salmonella in their feces.

What do the experts say.

‘’They are not pets’’ Said Tim Harrison, of ohio rescue group Outreach for animals. ‘’That is the sad part. People get the wrong idea watching television shows. ‘’A wild animal will be in the bush, and in less than a week it’s in a little girl’s bedroom,’’ Said Darin Carroll a disease hunter with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

‘’Taking an animal from the wild and putting it in your childs bedroom is just not a good idea,’’ said Paul Arguin, a CDC expert on exotic animal imports. ‘’We just don’t know a lot about the disease these animals carry.’'