It is lawful to possess a big cat with a permit in Arizona. Arizona law classifies big cats as restricted wildlife, which means big cats may be possessed only with a Wildlife Holding Permit. Under this permit, private possession of big cats is authorized for the following purposes only: the advancement of science, wildlife management, or promotion of public health or welfare; educational display; to photograph for a commercial purpose live wildlife that is already lawfully possessed; or to personally possess a big cat if the animal is permanently disabled and will not meet its needs in the wild. This permit will issue only if possession is in the best interest of the wildlife and does not pose a threat to public health or safety. Other permits relating to possession of big cats include the Scientific Collecting Permit, Wildlife Rehabilitation License, Wildlife Service License, and Zoo License.