In Alabama, it is lawful to possess big cats. Alabama law places no restrictions on the private possession of big cats. Public display of big cats is permitted only with a permit issued by the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources. This twenty-five dollar annual permit allows individuals to possess big cats for the purpose of public display with a showing of adequate facilities, care and handling experience by the applicant, and consent to an inspection of the facilities. Any municipal, county, state or other publicly owned zoo or wildlife exhibit, privately owned traveling zoo or circus or pet shop is exempt from this permit requirement for public display.