noun, often attributive
wild·life | \ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-ˌlīf \

Definition of wildlife 

: living things and especially mammals, birds, and fishes that are neither human nor domesticated

Examples of wildlife in a Sentence

an area with abundant wildlife

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On Monday, lifeguards in Pensacola, Florida, raised the purple flag to warn beachgoers of dangerous wildlife in the water. National Geographic, "What's Giving Some Beachgoers Rashes? Get the Facts.," 28 June 2018 Researchers rooted through scientific literature from 1671 to 2006, hunting for cases of conjoined wildlife. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "He was hunting wild mushrooms. Instead he found a rare, inexplicable two-headed deer | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 Transporting wildlife is a strategy used by conservationists to help build up, or even bring back, animal populations. Khaled Kazziha, Fox News, "7 endangered rhinos die in Kenya relocation bid: Official," 13 July 2018 Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park What: Drive along a gravel road to spot bears, wolves and other wildlife. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 Doiron captures the stark beauty of his setting without averting his eyes from the sick and starving wildlife, the rancorous feuds among the lobstermen or the homicidal impulses that push islanders off the deep end. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018 Rob Burness, a member of the Environmental Council of Sacramento, also worried about the impact to wetland wildlife, which MacNicholl acknowledged was unavoidable. Kellen Browning And Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Folsom site contaminated by jet fuel to be cleaned up, paving way for park and nearby housing," 25 June 2018 Or take a stroll over to Ink Dwell, the new studio of painter Jane Kim, who specializes in ornate audoban-style murals of still wildlife, and stand hynotized by the level of detail and precision in her art. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Half Moon Bay harbor," 11 July 2018 The Justice Department said Sommers violated the Lacey Act, which prohibits the sale of wildlife that have been taken illegally. CBS News, "Feds indict man for allegedly trafficking thousands of turtles," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of wildlife

1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wildlife

: animals living in nature : wild animals


wild·life | \ˈwīld-ˌlīf \

Kids Definition of wildlife

: wild animals living in their natural environment

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