Ten wolves are being kept privately in Berkshire, just a few of the thousands of dangerous wild animals licensed in Great Britain, according to a survey by a wildlife charity.

A survey conducted by Born Free, which campaign against animal exploitation, found a staggering 3,951 dangerous wild animals are licensed to be kept privately in Great Britain, including elephants, lions and crocodiles.

The charity reported that 10 Wolves were living in West Berkshire, while an array of exotic animals were kept in Windsor and Maidenhead.

These include a vervet monkey, two capuchin monkeys, two baboons, ten ring tailed lemurs and 18 macaques.

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The survey did not find any dangerous animals in Wokingham, Slough or Bracknell, or in areas of Reading under the jurisdiction of Reading Borough Council.

Nearby Wycombe contains 20 blackbuck antelopes, four red-tailed lemurs, two black and white ruffed lemurs, two sitatunga and a tapir.

Almost 200 ostriches can be found in South Buckinghamshire as well as 12 lemurs and four capuchin monkeys.

Licences are not needed for animals kept in zoos, circuses, pet shops and places registered under the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1876 for the purpose of performing.

Founded by Virginia McKenna OBE, Will Travers OBE and Bill Travers MBE in 1984, Born Free work to stop the exploitation and suffering of animals living in captivity or the wild.

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Born Free supports the work of wildlife rescue centres and sanctuaries in the UK to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wild animals.

Obtaining a dangerous animals licence can differ between local authorities, but often the licence must not be contrary to the public interest, the applicant must be a ‘suitable person’ to hold a licence and the animal(s) must be owned or possessed by the applicant.

The animals conditions must safeguard its welfare in terms of accommodation, food, drink and bedding, protection, exercise and the prevention and control of infectious diseases.