FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– Kentucky wildlife was back on display Friday morning with a bit of a facelift. Salato Wildlife Center opened for the season and unveiled two updated exhibits.
Their nocturnal exhibit is now hands-on and Salato Wildlife Center Conservation Educator Geoff Roberts says it’s much more educational.
“We’ve got a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl and in the corner there, we’ve got some bats,” he said.
The other updated exhibit is just a short walk away from the beloved Bobcat exhibit.
“Now you can see we have an entire water feature that spans almost the entire width of the enclosure that has a pond, and a small waterfall and a lot of water to interact with and play with,” said Roberts.
The Salato Center has great viewing opportunities for you to see a variety of Kentucky Wildlife and in some cases, get up close and personal experiences.
“What we’re here to do is educate our visitors on Kentucky’s native wildlife,” he said. “Sometimes kids can tell you ’till their blue in the face all about the native wildlife of Africa, but then you ask them about Kentucky’s wildlife and they don’t have a whole lot to say.”
In addition to the Nocturnal and Bobcat exhibits, the hiking trails are back open after storm damage from last summer.