Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Located just six miles from Savannah’s historic City Market, a short drive down the Islands Expressway (President’s Street), is another world, a wild one: the Oatland Island Wildlife Center.
It’s a beautiful, shady mile-and-a-half nature walk with docks and Wilmington River and marsh views, and opportunities to get up close and personal with more than 50 species of animals. The center is a project of the Savannah-Chatham County Schools and Board of Education.
In the main building, you’ll see an American Alligator and several species of turtles, snakes and lizards.
Representing predators of Georgia are a Cougar, Bobcat and Red Fox.
In the Wolf Wilderness are the Gray Wolf, Nine-banded Armadillo, the Southern Flying Squirrel, snakes and more.
The wildlife center also houses Georgia birds of prey, including a Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Black Vulture and several species of owls.
The center also has an American Bison and White-tailed Deer, and a Georgia Farm display with goats, pigs, rabbits, sheep, cows, chickens, geese, donkeys and turkeys.
The Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a popular stop for families with children. Check the website for special events and classes like Fundamentals of Beekeeping and the Fairy and Gnome Festival, and you can preregister your child for Toddler Tuesday, a program designed to “introduce our youngest learners to the wonders of the natural world. Children and their adults will experience nature through themed activities including songs, fingerplay, storytime, nature walks, live animal encounters and crafts.”
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children 4-17, a free for kids 3 and under. The center is open nearly every day of the year, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Bicycles and pets are not allowed. Current hours are 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m., last admission at 3:45 p.m. The center’s address is 711 Sandtown Rd. Web address is www.oatlandisland.org.