About Us

Kentucky Wildlife Center’s mission is to rescue and rehabilitate Kentucky’s native wildlife and to improve the welfare of wildlife through education. The organization was founded by Karen Bailey who is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.

Kentucky Wildlife Center specializes in providing a comprehensive care for orphan mammals with a speciality in neonatal raccoon and river otters. Our facility is located at 5423 Leestown Road, Lexington, KY and includes a state-of-the-art nursery that is equipped with incubators, intensive care units, large outdoor pre-release enclosures with trees, nesting boxes, and pools. The Kentucky Wildlife Center is committed to providing the best chance releasing animals back into the wild.

Over ten years ago, we began by wanting to help a litter of orphaned raccoons found at a local horse farm and our endeavor has grown each year. We have saved an average of 1,000 animals each year for the last three years.  Our growth continues to be guided by the need for care of these animals that are turned over to us from local animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and the general public.