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“Great for kids”

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Ranked #16 of 220 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located 15 minutes southeast of downtown Savannah, this is an environmental education center where you can learn about local wildlife and native plants.There are lots of programs for children.
Reviewed June 16, 2013

I took my 2 and 4 year old girls here and they loved running around the trails to the various animal exhibits. Also the staff there really care to tell you about the history of the grounds (former cotton plantation/ railroad retirement community). Great stop if you have kids. If you want to see some indigenous wildlife and get a feel for the lowcountry it is a good stop as well.

Thank Jeff E
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I went with my husband and children. The kids loved the animals (mosquitoes excluded). It is not easy traveling with a regular stroller (they do have jogging strollers and wagons for rent for $5). The boardwalks and railing could use quite a bit of care and updating. The area that walks out over the marsh was beautiful to look at but it has NO railing just 4 inch wood bumpers, as well as, some loose AND warped boards. A little precarious with small children. Also, the remaining boardwalk areas with railing were haphazard and poorly spaced as well. They aren't going to keep anyone from falling through. Take bug spray and go when it is cooler. We only did the "right" side of the park and skipped the farm animals and birds of prey due to the heat and mosquitoes.

Favorites...husband=barred owl, me=possum, 6 y/o=bunny rabbit, 3 y/o =red foxes, infant=nap

1  Thank JojoFL
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is a nice 2 mile walk, easy to do and the pathways are well maintained. There is only a minimal amount of animals to see so if you go expecting a zoo like atmosphere, this is not it. I understand they are owned by the school district and it sorely needs patrons to help keep it up. They need to do more to get this support to help fill the empty enclosures. The air conditioned wolf observatory is a wonderful addition.
I am a little worried about the care they are getting however as we didn't see a scrap of food for any animal or bird and in some areas not a drop of water. The poor bobcat was so thin, it appeared to have a hard time standing on its back legs. We did see another bobcat further in the enclosure that did not come out and it is possible this was the mother and thin one was a baby, but we just don't know. There are no information posts on the animals to help explain what you are seeing.

Thank dmlc58
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Nice walking destination during great weather. You get to enjoy natural scenery typical of the area. See animals up close. Children especially love it. Check for special events and festivals. We are locals and our children love going over and over.

Thank Meridth L
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

This small zoo is a nice walk and a great family adventure for those staying in Savannah. Let's be honest, Savannah is more for adults so kids tend to get bored after a while. A little day trip to the oatland wildlife center to see the gators, the wolves, the petting zoo, and some of the other fun inhabitants will tire the tikes out enough to enjoy a nice evening on River Street. We've got dozens of pictures of my wife and i walking River Street with a couple drinks while our two little rug rats sleep in the wagon. All thanks to oatland. It's also houses around an old nursing home/school so it's got the creepy haunted thing working too.

Thank TravelingWriterWes
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