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Permits & legal information

African Pygmy Hedgehogs are not legal to own in all South African provinces. In some provinces it is illegal to own an African Pygmy Hedgehog, in some it is perfectly legal, and in orders, it is only legal if you have acquired a permit from your local nature conservation officer.

The below information has been acquired by directly emailing the appropriate authorities in each province (email address provided), and was correct at the date specified.

Eastern Cape:

Ilegal / Contact: Alan.Southwood@dedea.gov.za / August 2017

Northern Cape:

Legal, permit required / Contact: permits@vodamail.co.za /April 2017

Western Cape:

Illegal / Contact: dhignett@capenature.co.za / April 2017

Free State:

Illegal / Contact: andres@detea.fs.gov.za / May 2017

Gauteng:

Legal, no permit required / Contact: SAMANTHA.JANSEVANRENSBURG@gauteng.gov.za / August 2017

KwaZulu-Natal:

Legal, permit required / Contact: Permits.Permits@kznwildlife.com / August 2017

Limpopo:

Legal, no permit required / Contact: VanWettenAA@ledet.gov.za / May 2017

Mpumalanga:

Legal, permit required / Contact: Dorothy.Makaringe@mtpa.co.za / May 2017

North West:

Legal, permit required / Contact: bdiole@nwpg.gov.za / August 2017

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