Department of Fish and Wildlife
Salato Center adds new bobcat kitten, young bald eagle for visitors to see
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort invites visitors to come and see the two most recent additions to its collection of exhibit animals. The center recently acquired a 4-month-old bobcat kitten from a wildlife rehabilitation facility that will ultimately be kept on permanent exhibit.
“Because she’s so small and young, we’ll keep her separated from our adult bobcat until she’s older,” said Brent McCarty, acting director of the center. “While she won’t be on permanent exhibit for some time, our visitors will have opportunities to see her during scheduled times in our small mammal enclosure.”
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the bobcat kitten will be on exhibit from 2-3 p.m. Eastern time Tuesdays through Saturdays. Visitors are encouraged to call the center at (502) 564-7863 before visiting to confirm that the kitten will be out.
The center has also acquired a new bald eagle that is currently on permanent display. The 3-year-old bird, which came from a rehabilitation facility in Wyoming, still displays juvenile plumage that is mostly brown throughout.
“Many people have probably seen a juvenile bald eagle and not known what they were looking at”, said conservation educator Geoff Roberts. “Bald eagles don’t get their trademark white head and tail until they’re 5 years old. Our new exhibit eagle will allow our visitors to see what a juvenile eagle looks like for another two years.”
The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1½ 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. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.
Except for select events, 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.