The Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s compound includes a maritime forest, broad, freshwater wetlands, and a salt marsh, much of which can be accessed by the extensive “Native Animal Nature Trail” that crisscrosses the various habitats, allowing you to visit various worlds and their often endangered inhabitants.
Fauna at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center includes reptiles and amphibians like king snakes, tree frogs, and box turtles; marsupials and mammals, such as flying squirrels and nine-banded armadillos; big predators like cougars, bobcats, foxes, alligators, and a pack of tame gray wolves; many species of birds, including sandhill cranes, ibis, herons, and owls; and even domesticated animals: cows, pigs, chickens, and donkeys.
The best part is that you will see most of these animals in open environments rather than cages, so you can learn about their habitats and how they (and we) fit into them!
Oatland Island Wildlife Center also offers visitors a number of fun events throughout the year, like November’s Harvest Festival and Cane Grinding, where visitors can see how things “used to be done” with traditional cane boiling, butter-making, and open-hearth cooking demonstrations. In spring, Oatland Island Wildlife Center is the site of the annual Sheep to Shawl Festival featuring the shearing of Oatland’s sheep, followed by the carding, spinning, and weaving of the wool!
Oatland Island Wildlife Center is just 5 miles east of Savannah and open daily to the public for self guided tours – so if you’re looking for something truly wild to do in Savannah, you’ve found it at Oatland Island Wildlife Center!
Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah
Open daily 10am – 4pm
711 Sandtown Road
For more details, please visit: www.oatlandisland.org
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Lodging
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