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

Recent Examples on the Web

The routine is always the same—a quick pass over the runway to check for wildlife followed by a turn to come in for a landing. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 The estate places a huge emphasis on recycling, conservation, and forestry, and is a sanctuary for wildlife. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Private Home at Sandringham Castle," 13 Dec. 2018 Runoff wastes valuable irrigation and rainwater and can wash fertilizers, pesticides and soil downstream, which can harm fish and other wildlife. Dawn Standke, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tally up your garden’s earth friendliness," 12 July 2018 Before wildlife officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game could arrive, the bear climbed high — approximately 50 feet — into a pine tree at the zoo. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "Wild bear breaks into S. Idaho zoo, climbs tree to wait out Fish and Game officials," 3 July 2018 State wildlife officers were notified in case the gator decided to stick around. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wily gator: Now you see me, now you don't," 25 June 2018 Accommodating the relief workers would lead to a flood of religious-exemption requests that would create regulatory chaos and threaten wildlife, the government has argued. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Aid for Immigrants on Desert Trek Stirs Religion-Freedom Fight," 6 Dec. 2018 Along Longfellow Creek SAT Guided walk to explore the wilderness, look for season changes, learn about wildlife, for ages 6 and older, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, Winter Solstice Night Market, Jingle Bell Run," 5 Dec. 2018 Researchers and physicians then can focus on that region and directly test for the emergence of diseases from both wildlife and humans, allowing for a better chance at prevention and containment. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 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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