Nineteen years ago, the Salato Wildlife Education Center opened in Frankfort, tasked with educating the public about Kentucky's native wildlife. Exhibits, educational programs and roving interpreters also inform visitors about the role the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife plays in managing wildlife.
Residents of Salato include whitetail deer, American bison, elk, wild turkeys, an American black bear, box turtles and a snapping turtle, fish, frogs, snakes, bobcats, an American bald eagle and bobwhite quail.
Salato educators tell visitors they read the Harry Potter books to a young male bobcat last year to condition him to the sound of human voices upon his arrival at the center. Two bison calves, born this spring at Salato, may be seen from a viewing stand. Also new are several fawns, also born this spring.
Salato director Laurie Davison said the major part of Salato funding comes from the sale of state fishing and hunting licenses.