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

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In Mississippi, recent flooding and the algal bloom are having a devastating effect on humans and wildlife. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Toxic Algal Bloom Forces Mississippi to Close All Its Mainland Beaches," 10 July 2019 The wolf was last recorded Feb. 12 by transmission signals, parks and wildlife said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Gray wolf sighting confirmed in northern Colorado," 10 July 2019 The vision 2020 plan supports wildlife conservation education as well, with a goal of offering local communities 50 conservation lessons per lodge per year. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Leave the world a better place," 9 July 2019 The algae can produce toxins that can have harmful effects on people or wildlife. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Mississippi beach closures: Officials warn against eating fish, seafood in algae-affected areas," 8 July 2019 Bergeron, a board member of the South Florida Water Management District, said the removal of the big predator would save native Florida wildlife. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "16-foot-plus python caught in Broward Everglades," 8 July 2019 Destruction, not just of themselves and their communities, but of soil, water, forests, fish, and wildlife—a whole ecosystem, an entire riparian civilisation. Arundhati Roy, Quartz India, "Tribespeople in India’s Gujarat fiercely resisted a mega dam—but they got a mega statue, too," 8 July 2019 In some cases, blue-green algae, particularly Anabaena and Microcystis (both found in Texas), can produce toxins that are poisonous to fish and wildlife that drink water contaminated with the toxins, according to TPWD website. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Algae bloom forces closures of Mississippi beaches; could it spread to the Texas coast?," 8 July 2019 The hunting ranch has free ranging exotic wildlife including Wildebeest, Zebra, Oryx and Eland. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Ranch up for sale near Texas A&M has everything from mansions to zebras," 8 July 2019

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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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