Rhode Island


In Rhode Island, it is lawful to possess big cats with a permit from the Department of Environmental Management. Private citizens, exhibitors, USDA licensed research facilities, and AZA-accredited zoos are all subject to the permit requirement. Permit requirements include a five dollar permit fee, a description of the animal and its place of origin, the big cat’s arrival time into Rhode Island, a health certificate verifying the big cat’s health, and a description of the manner in which the animal’s nutritional, housing, and exercise needs will be met. If the owner plans to breed the big cat, a breeding permit is required.