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“Fun place to go with kids”

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Ranked #16 of 219 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 October 11, 2013

We went here on our last day of our trip to Savannah, mostly to have something to do outside. It's out of the way and very peaceful and there are lots of animals to look at. They have nice walking paths as well. It was a little buggy. We had fun feeding the turtles and fish. We weren't able to see the Cougars but the Bob-Cats put on a great show for us pouncing on one another. And the wolves where pretty awesome to see.

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

This attraction belong to the local school district. They bring children to the center to let them see live animals, plants and farming.

Although some of the exhibits were closed, the experience was still very good. I especially enjoyed the Bobcats and Red Foxes. Some of the enclosures for the birds have such heavy mesh wire that you can't really see or photograph the subject.

Thank Chuck8700
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

This is on of our go to places on weekends. The kids love running around on the forest trails and they like to help us find all the animals.
The main building has a few smaller exhibits like turtles, baby alligators, snakes and so on which is also quite interesting.
Over all you will find a great selection of animals, nice forest trails and unfortunately TONS of hungry Mosquitos (bug spray is necessary).
The price is very affordable and they also offer discounts for military families.
We love it

Thank Svenja C
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

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.

Thank Observer1
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

The hiking trail is stroller friendly!! most of it under the shadows of threes, the trail is well maintain, clean and safe, the walk boardwalk close to the marsh does not have a rail so be careful with young children's hold on tight on them, use insect repellent all over your exposed areas, don't wear any black clothing, use good hiking shoes with socks and be prepare to sweat!!! The animal enclosures are excellent, clean and odorless, animals where active!!! They have a great outlook area that children's can easy watch. they do a great conservation educational program, most of their animals have been rescue and have lost the ability to live in the wild, so that is why they are there so they can continue living and help humans create a conscience on preserving our environment for future generation's!!! Great job people!! We will be back as much as we can

Thank nro_doc
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