Posted: Sep 02, 2009 4:40 PM EDT
POYNETTE (WKOW) – A penny drive helped bring two rare lynx kittens to MacKenzie Environmental Education Center near Poynette.
The two Canadian lynxes, 3-months-old, made their public debut Wednesday at the center which is owned by the state Department of Natural Resources and managed by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.
Poynette’s public library director spearheaded the effort to fill the empty lynx cage at the MacKenzie Center.
“We collected more than 132,000 pennies,” says Kris Daugherty.
That’s more than $1,300 – a lot of pennies, but not enough to cover the $3,000 to bring the lynxes to Poynette. However, Daugherty says other donors were quick to help out with the project.
“These are young educators,” adds Daugherty. “They (the lynx kittens) will be used to teach about the dangers we, as humans, have done to the habitats of many wild animals.”
Because they’re wild animals, Daugherty says the kittens will not be named.
The MacKenzie Center is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information go to www.wiwf.org
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://bigcatrescue.org