Department of Fish and Wildlife
Salato Wildlife Center offers final opportunity to view bobcat as kitten; closes for season Nov. 25

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015  
Contact Information:  1-800-858-1549  


FRANKFORT, Ky. Visitors have until Nov. 25 to visit the Salato Wildlife Education Center before its seasonal closure for the winter. This will be the last time that visitors will have the chance to see the center’s newly acquired bobcat as a kitten.

 “Our new bobcat is roughly half grown at this point and we don’t expect it to be kitten-sized by the time that we reopen March 1,” said acting Salato Center Manager Brent McCarty. “When the bobcat reaches adult size, it will be placed on permanent exhibit.” 

The kitten will remain on display from 2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday through Saturday until the center closes for the season at 5 p.m. (Eastern) Nov. 25.

The winter closure allows the staff to conduct needed maintenance and upgrades on existing exhibits, trails and enclosures, assuring a quality experience for the center’s 75,000 yearly visitors.

The center features a variety of native animals, including a black bear, an eagle, bobcats, elk, deer, bison, snakes, frogs, turtles and fish. The center has numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits and miles of hiking trails open to the public.

The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1 ½ miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to 18. Children under 5 are admitted free. The center also offers annual memberships for individuals and families.