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 hemlock-sloped beams help create the wind flow, tie to designs throughout the memorial and eliminate wildlife habitat potential inside the tower. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "A 93-Foot Tribute to United 93: The "Tower of Voices" 9/11 Memorial," 6 Sep. 2018 Federal wildlife officials seized more than 3,400 diamondback terrapin hatchlings from Sommers' Levittown home in October and helped return them to their natural habitats in the coastal marshes of New Jersey, the department said. CBS News, "Feds indict man for allegedly trafficking thousands of turtles," 10 July 2018 American kestrel falcons, including two male fledglings born in a nest box at the Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve just outside Elgin, were banded Friday by wildlife experts from the Kane and Cook county forest preserve districts. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "American kestrel falcon fledglings banded at Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve," 29 June 2018 Inside the cabin is another peril — one that's less grounded in wildlife, but no less immediate. refinery29.com, "No, Lauren Groff Isn't Writing About Herself In Florida," 15 June 2018 The 2016 management plan calls for such improvements as restrooms, expanded parking and boardwalks from parking areas to North Beach to protect dunes, wildlife habitat and nesting areas. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Waukegan trucks in 700 tons of sand to fill giant, germy beach puddle," 1 June 2018 Here are five ways to combat rats without using poison, based on recommendations from leaders of community groups and wildlife experts. 1. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "5 ways to rid your home and yard of rats without using poison," 1 June 2018 Encounter northern mockingbirds, indigo buntings, and yellow-rumped warblers at Pickering Creek Audubon Center (pickeringcreek.audubon.org/), a 400-acre sanctuary of trails teeming with coastal wildlife habitats. Stephanie Citron, baltimoresun.com, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018 The plastic threat to wildlife has been driven home by a recent viral video, viewed over 21 million times, of a straw being removed from the nose of a sea turtle. Robin Ganzert, Fortune, "Commentary: Want to Save the Earth? Start With Your Local Zoo.," 22 Apr. 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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