The main headquarters building here is interesting in itself; a very beautiful, large, and regal building that we were told was originally built in the 1920s as a retirement home for railroad workers, and then re-purposed several times since.
As we walked towards this building to begin our tour someone coming out said as they passed us, “get the bug spray” (which is sold in their gift shop) and it was good advice, since the mosquitoes were pretty fierce that day.
First, we viewed several small exhibits of reptiles and other small animals in that building, then we walked along the two miles of trails through the maritime forest, viewing along the way several large cages housing various Birds of Prey; Hawks and Bald Eagles, but I particularly liked the Owls—Screech Owls, Barred Owls, Barn Owls, and Great Horned Owls. Then we hiked to fenced in natural habitats containing Predators native to Georgia--Alligators, Bobcats/Cougars, and Red Foxes--and their newest Grey Wolves exhibit, but—to our disappointment--only the fox and the wolves were in evidence. Further down the trail we also saw a large pond chocked full of turtles and fish, and an exhibit containing White Tailed Deer, and another a couple of Bison.
I was very impressed by how big the several wolves we saw were—far larger that a large dog--and I couldn’t help thinking about the “Wargs” in the “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings.” There was also a large air conditioned observation building set into the wall of the wolf habitat with a very large plate glass window and seating so that you could better observe the wolves. At the end of the trail we also came upon a garden designed to attract birds and butterflies and some sort of butterfly propagation setup. Their website says there is also a barn section with a lot of domestic animals.
This looked like a perfect place to take young children, and the wildlife center's brochure said that they had some 40 educational programs geared to school requirements.