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

After years of neglect and rampant poaching, the park was short of wildlife. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Secret Safaris: Little-Known National Parks in Africa," 22 Feb. 2019 To add observations of wildlife at our site helps scientists understand how Descanso is part of a larger story. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Descanso visitors, staff conduct citizen science in first BioBlitz," 7 June 2018 Among her many philanthropic causes, two favorites were Dallas CASA, which supports abused and neglected children, and the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas, a wildlife preserve named after one of her sons, who died in 2003. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Caroline Hunt, Heiress to Oil Riches, Owned Luxury Hotels and Clung to Frugal Habits," 23 Nov. 2018 Montana wildlife officials said a hunter shot and killed a female grizzly bear Wednesday and wounded her cub that was later euthanized in self-defense. Fox News, "Hunter in Montana kills grizzly bear, injures cub in self-defense, officials say," 28 Sep. 2018 Parts of the Essex River, where local fishermen harvest clams and other shellfish, were still closed off Wednesday afternoon so officials could determine how much wildlife was affected, Essex Police Chief Peter Silva said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Several clamming areas still closed after huge sewage spill in Essex," 30 May 2018 This includes operating national parks, leasing drilling rights, and preserving wildlife habitats. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 Her garden was a wildlife habitat and a migration stopover for hummingbirds, butterflies, and finches. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Joan 'Penny' Colgan-Davis, innovative educator and clerk of Quaker meetings," 6 July 2018 Visit museums, art galleries, zoo and wildlife habitats, and local performing arts venues. Zafreen Jaffery, Ed.d., miamiherald, "Bake cookies. Head to the library. Ways to keep your child's brain sharp during the summer," 27 June 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 How to pronounce wildlife (audio) \

Kids Definition of wildlife

: wild animals living in their natural environment

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