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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Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni is home to a variety of wildlife, and surveys conducted in 2017 noted skylarks, ospreys, and peregrine falcons—among other birds—nesting on the base. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35 Runs Into Another Expensive Problem: Birds," 15 May 2019 Insulated Power Lines Source: Southern California Edison Traditional power lines aren’t insulated except by air, leaving the copper and wire conductors susceptible to damage from tree limbs, wildlife, even stray balloons. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "What Utilities Can Do to Strengthen the Grid," 22 Jan. 2019 Jim Cantrell, of the small sat launch company Vector, signaled his support with a dash of fear over the wildlife: The Alcantara spaceport was once a source of national pride for Brazil. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?," 20 Mar. 2019 Undermining those agreements doesn’t just bring uncertainty to industry or put wildlife at risk. Sarah Greenberger, Vox, "I worked in the Interior Department. Watching Zinke’s tenure was heartbreaking.," 21 Dec. 2018 But camera traps frequently take pictures of people as well as wildlife. Rogelio Luque-lora, Bill Adams, Ars Technica, "Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy," 24 Nov. 2018 This can also include the occasional wildlife encounter. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is Snowshoe Racing? A Look Inside the Niche and Challenging Winter Sport," 17 Oct. 2018 And now, Bearizona, the Arizona drive-through wildlife park of bears and bison and wolves, celebrated its eighth birthday in May 2018. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 Shatynski provides clean water for the wildlife that visits her garden with a birdbath and a recycling fountain. Dawn Standke, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tally up your garden’s earth friendliness," 12 July 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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