Welcome to the Preston Kyle Shatto Wildlife Museum Home Page. The Preston Kyle Shatto Wildlife Museum was established to honor Mr. Shatto's life long interest in outdoors and wildlife conservation. It was founded in January of 1987 by Mr. Shatto's son-in-law and daughter. The museum is free to the public and is open every first and third Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. (except during July & August.) Since the its opening over 15,000 guest have toured the Preston Kyle Shatto Wildlife Museum. In keeping with the technological revolution PKSWildlifeMuseum.Com was created to further share the viewing of this Museum and promote habitat and wildlife preservation.
The Museum is housed in the same building where Mr. Shatto maintained his office and operated his business for thirty years. The building was originally constructed in the 1920's and was used as the city's Post Office until it was purchased by Mr. Shatto in 1956.
There are currently more than 75 different species of wildlife exhibited in the Shatto Museum. All of these exhibits were collected by either Mr. Shatto's grandson's or Mr. Shatto's son-in-laws father, Mr. Hollis Massey. Exhibits include wildlife specimens collected from across Texas, Mexico, the United States, Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and many different section in Africa including the nations of Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
The earliest collected exhibit in the Museum is the bull elk taken by Mr. Hollis Massey in the San Juan Mountains near Durango, Colorado in 1948. Most of the other North American game exhibits were collected by Mr. Massey between 1949 and 1956 on numerous expeditions to Alberta, British Columbia, The Yukon, and the Northwest Territories and Alaska.
The African collection of wildlife includes the so-called- "Big-Five" of Africa - Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard and Cape Buffalo. These exhibits along with all other African specimens were collected by Mr. Shatto's grandson on eight safaris to Africa between 1984 and 1997. During these safaris, he spent approximately five months in the bush. Among the specific regions in Southern Africa in which he camped, tracked, photographed and hunted were the Kahlahari Desert, Lake Ngami, Okavango Swamps, Chobe River and Kwando (Botswana); Lake Kaiba, Zambesi River, Sigrid National Forest, Gwaii National Forest and Ngamo National Forest (Zimbabwe); the Zululand, Eastern Transvaal, Natal Midlands and Eastern Cape (South Africa).
Mr. Shatto's family hopes that the Museum will not only serve as a memorial to his lifetime interest in wildlife and wildlife conservation, but it will promote further the extreme importance of habitat preservation, strict enforcement of game laws, anti-poaching controls, enlightened environmental standards, and a general public appreciation for the beauty of nature as demonstrated by the preservation of these treasured species.
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