Hundreds of thousands of wild creatures are kept in backyards and basements all around the country, also known as exotic pets. There are an estimated 5,000 tigers in private hands in the U.S which is more than there are left in the wild on the entire planet. The number of privately owned primates, such as monkeys and chimpanze2558760157_7298a34dd9_z.jpges, is much higher – 15,000 or more. Not all of these animals are treated like family pets. Many are part of unofficial “zoos” that are not watched over by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Be careful, visiting this type of zoo is not always safe!


When it comes to keeping exotic pets, safety is but one of several concerns. Another is that the animals are not always treated well; exotic pets with their teeth cut out have been recovered while being chained or kept in small cages.


In some cases, when people realize they are not able to care for their exotic pets, they set them free. If the animal is not native to the environment, it can harm the ecosystem or die! In Colorado most exotic pets are banned. View below to see that laws relating to exotic-pet ownership varies from state to state.

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