Sketch of Kentucky Trails Safari Tour

Kentucky Trails

The Next Big Exhibit Coming to the Louisville Zoo


Kentucky Trails will be an exhibit unlike anything the Louisville Zoo has created in the past. This ambitious project is to be located on 20 undeveloped acres near two popular Zoo exhibits, Glacier Run and Snow Leopard Pass.

Kentucky Trails will be an extensive, interactive, naturalistic experience, providing up-close encounters with species such as bison, elk, black bear, bobcat, and other iconic native animals.

In addition to amazing animal encounters, Kentucky Trails will feature new rides and attractions allowing for guests to explore the Zoo in surprising ways, immersive experiences at the Kentuckiana Conservation Center highlighting our partnership with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and new event spaces.

Kentucky Trails is currently in the design phase and exhibits, animals, and attractions are subject to change. An opening date for the exhibit has not been scheduled yet.  Keep checking back here for news and announcements!


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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Zoo expect the exhibit to cost?
The current estimate for the total of Kentucky Trails is approximately $40 million.

When is the Zoo hoping to start construction?
The Zoo is in the preliminary phases of planning and design for the Kentucky Trails habitat. Construction is dependent on meeting fundraising goals for this project.

 When does the Zoo hope to open the exhibit?
Exhibit opening is slated optimistically for 2027, but the timing is dependent on fundraising efforts.

Is the Zoo currently fundraising for Kentucky Trails and how can I help?
We hope to begin public fundraising for the project soon and will announce updates on social media and at To learn more or to make a gift today, contact the Development Department at (502) 238-5615.

How will Kentucky Trails affect the current undeveloped area of the Zoo?
As your Zoo enters the preliminary design phase, we look forward to creating an experience that is immersive, inclusive, and celebrates the natural history of Kentucky and the region. As we continue our tradition of being good neighbors and responsible environmental stewards, the Zoo will be mindfully working to preserve as much of the existing tree canopy as possible, along with adding new plantings to enhance the habitat and our guests’ overall enjoyment.

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