Kentucky Wildlife Center Facilities


KWC is located in Scott County on 5 acres near Midway, KY.  The indoor rehabilitation facility includes a state-of-the-art nursery equipped with 19 incubators, an intensive care unit, a treatment / exam area, an oxygen generator, caretaker bunk room, laundry facility, kitchen and bathroom.  The outdoor facilities include three juvenile buildings, an adult building, and a large mammal habitat.  Off site facilities include an 800 square foot raccoon enclosure, a raccoon release enclosure (approximately 500 square feet), three 10 x 10 enclosures, two 10 x 5 enclosures, and five 8 x 6 cages.  All of these enclosures have been modified to safely and securely hold wildlife.  As part of our annual permit renewal, the facilities are inspected by a Conservation Officer with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. 

Emphasis is placed on the mental and physical well-being of the animals with care focused on giving the animals adequate space to play, safe, quite places to hide and sleep, as well as plenty of enrichment items to keep them mentally stimulated.  The animals are raised in groups of their own kind so that they can learn the necessary behaviors and interactions needed to survive in the wild.  Our primary goal is to successfully release the animals back to the wild where they belong.  We achieve this by slowly acclimating the animals to life outside.  They eventually are placed in large outdoor enclosures with plenty of room to play and opportunities to climb.  When they are old enough, the doors to the enclosures are left open, and the animals can come and go at will.  Food and water are provided year-round at the release sites to supplement the natural foods the animals find in the wild.  Raccoons, especially, are very adaptable animals and adjust well to living on their own.;

  • Intensive Care Clinic and Nursery with Incubators
  • Juvenile Buildings
  • Outdoor Raccoon Enclosure (approximately 800 square feet)
  • Raccoon Release Enclosure (approximately 500 square feet)

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans."
 -James Herriot

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Kentucky Wildlife Center
5423 Leestown Rd
Lexington, KY 40511
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