THE INDIAN WILDLIFE (PROTECTION) ACT, 1972

(as amended upto 1993)

CONTENTS


CHAPTER I - [ PDF ]

Preliminary


  1. Short title, extent, and commencement

  2. Definitions


CHAPTER II - [ PDF ]

  1. Authorities to be appointed or constituted under the Act

  1. Appointment of Director and other officers

  2. Appointment of Chief Wildlife Warden and other officers

  3. Power to delegate

  4. Constitution of the Wildlife Advisor-Y, Board

  5. Procedure to be followed by the Board

  6. Duties of the Wildlife Advisory Board


CHAPTER III - [ PDF ]

Hunting of Wild Animals

9. Prohibition of Hunting
10. Maintenance of records of wild animals killed or captured
11. Hunting of wild animals to be permitted in certain cases
12. Grant of permit for special purposes
13. Suspension or cancellation of licence
14. Appeals
15. Hunting of young and female of wild animals
16. Declaration of closed time
17. Restrictions on hunting


CHAPTER-IIIA - [ PDF ]

Protection of Specified Plants

17A Prohibition of picking, uprooting. etc., of specified plants
17B Grant of permit for special purposes
17C Cultivation of specified plants without licence prohibited
17D Dealing in specified plants without licence prohibited
17E Declaration of stock
17F Possession, etc., of plants by licensee
17G Purchase etc., of specified plants
17H Plants to be Government property


CHAPTER-IV - [ PDF ]

Sanctuaries, National Parks and Closed Areas

Sanctuaries

18. Declaration of Sanctuary
19. Collector to determine rights
20. Bar of accrual of rights
21. Proclamation by Collector
22. Inquiry by Collector
23. Powers of Collector
24. Acquisition of rights
25. Acquisition proceedings
26. Delegation of Collector's powers
26A Declaration of area as Sanctuary
27. Restriction on entry in sanctuary
28. Grant of permit
29. Destruction, etc., in a sanctuary prohibited without a permit
30. Causing fire prohibited
31. Prohibition of entry into sanctuary with weapon
32. Ban on use of injurious substances
33. Control of sanctuaries
33A Immunization of live stock
34. Registration of certain persons in possession of arms

National Parks


35. Declaration of National Parks
36. Declaration of Game Reserve

Game Reserve


37. Declaration of closed area

Sanctuaries or National Parks declared by Central Government


38. Power of Central Government to declare areas as Sanctuaries or National Parks


CHAPTER IVA - [ PDF ]

Central Zoo Authority and Recognition of Zoos


38A Constitution of Central Zoo Authority
38B Term of office and condition of service of chairperson and members etc.
38C Functions of the Authority
38D Procedure to be regulated by the Authority
38E Grants and loans to Authority and constitution of Fund
38F Annual report
38G Annual report and audit report to be laid before Parliament
38H Recognition of Zoos
381 Acquisition of animals by a Zoo
38J Prohibition of teasing, etc., in a Zoo


CHAPTER V - [ PDF ]

Trade or Commerce in Wild Animals, Animal Articles and Trophies


39. Wild animals, etc., to be Government property
40. Declarations
41. Inquiry and preparation of inventories
42. Certificate of ownership
43. Regulation of transfer of animal etc.
44. Dealings in trophy and animal articles without licence prohibited
45. Suspension or cancellation of licences
46. Appeal
47. Maintenance of records
48. Purchase of animal, etc. by licensee
48A Restriction on transportation of Wildlife
49. Purchase of captive animal, etc. by a person other than a licensee


CHAPTER VA - [ PDF ]

Prohibition of trade or commerce in trophies, animal articles, etc.

derived from certain animals.


49A Definitions
49B Prohibition of dealing in trophies, animal articles, etc. derived from Scheouled animals
49C Declaration by dealers


CHAPTER VI - [ PDF ]

Prevention and detection of offences


50. Power of entry, search, arrest and detention
51. Penalties
52. Attempts and abetment
53. Punishment for wrongful seizure
54. Power to compound offences
55. Cognizance of offences
56. Operation of other laws not barred
57. Presumption to be made in certain cases
58. Offences by companies


CHAPTER VII - [ PDF ]

Miscellaneous


59. Officers to be public servants
60. Protection of action taken in good faith
60A Reward to persons
61. Power to alter entries in Schedules
62. Declaration of certain wild animals to be vermin
63. Power of Central Government to make rules
64. Power of State Government to make rules
65. Rights of Scheduled Tribes to be protected
66. Repeal and Savings

Schedule I - [ PDF ]
Schedule II - [ PDF ]
Schedule III - [ PDF ]
Schedule IV - [ PDF ]
Schedule V - [ PDF ]
Schedule VI - [ PDF ]