noun, often attributive
wild·​life | \ ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-ˌlīf How to pronounce wildlife (audio) \

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 Brett DeGregorio, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Arkansas, said the armadillo doesn’t receive credit for creating deep, habitable burrows recycled later by other species, such as raccoons. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 Vince Slabe, the lead author of the study and research wildlife biologist at Conservation Science Global, said lead weakens birds and can leave them unable to fly. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Otherwise, the coyote would have shied away from human contact, said state urban wildlife biologist Sam Kieschnick. Terry Wallace, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 Learn about the wildlife biologist who first discovered mountain lion P-22 in LA’s Griffith Park. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Bears, however, decide for themselves when to shut down and when to recover, explains Heather Johnson, a research wildlife biologist with the US Geological Survey in Anchorage, Alaska. Chris Woolston, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2022 Paul Webala, a Kenyan wildlife biologist and one of the expedition members, had started work in 2013 on a monograph of the bats of Rwanda. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2022 Deep snow this winter has caused more bison to move onto plowed roadways in the Delta Junction area, said Bob Schmidt, a wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2022 Bald eagle behavior has also shifted in ways that were unheard of 50 years ago, said Matt Whitbeck, supervisory wildlife biologist at Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Lilly Price, baltimoresun.com, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wildlife

1879, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Wildlife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildlife. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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wild·​life | \ ˈwīld-ˌlīf How to pronounce wildlife (audio) \

Kids Definition of wildlife

: wild animals living in their natural environment

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