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Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Ranked #18 of 210 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.
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

The place was wonderful! I thought it was great that it is affiliated with the school system. There were kids donating their time and helping to maintain the area when we wrre there. There were places to stop and relax along the way. We intwnd on buying a board, which the funds go back unto the center to help maintain it.

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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't take your own stroller, rent it there...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

It is a pretty place. The employees were amazing and very nice!!!!!! The animals are fine to see. The path is pretty easy to walk if there is no rain. It rained the day I went and it was difficult to walk around and had to be picked up by car by the employees. DO NOT USE YOUR STROLLER IF YOU GO WITH A CHILD, RENT ONE OF THEIRS.... Use comfortable shoes.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Zilade
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome Animals, and History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

Just went here today, and wasn't expecting too much (thought it would be smaller). Wow, were we wrong! Animals are great, very natural habitats (yes this means you can't always see the animals, like in nature), lots of animals on the paths like the thousands of fiddler crabs in the salt marshes, oysters on the banks, Fived lined skinks, Anoles, and Gopher Tortoises!

Be sure to ask about the history of the building. Started out as a retirement center with the smaller building being housing for nurses and staff due to the lack of a bridge, they would work x days on and x days off. After this venture went belly up, the government turned it into a Syphilis Ward for women and children. At the advent of penicillin the building was the start of the CDC. They experimented with diseases, treatments, biological and chemical warfare (DDT). Upon relocating the government gave it to the Chatham County School District, who own it to this day. All the entrance fees, and sales of the gift shop are the only income for this animal rescue and do not get reallocated to the school district.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Atlhiker91
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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Wildly Different Every Time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Reptiles indoors are always enthralling. I like to start there each time I visit .Snake-petting gets the cold-blooded concept across to the little ones. then, I love to visit the gift shop as it gives an unexpected overview of the island via window shopping w/ promises of a return visit! the buffalo are right there & make good use of time for the little
ones. Next, I recommend visiting the farm. We watched as the pig got a new toy & Joe the donkey licked a salt block. Ages under 4 can call it a great day. We snacked on free roasted peanuts from 5 Guys at the shaded picnic tables. Older kids can easily manage the trails to visit the popular wolves & other local animals. Adults can view this as their exercise for the day as you take the scenic trail around the island's perimeter. This is not a zoo. It is a wildlife teaching facility operated by the local school district that exhibits the local environs in a natural way. SCCPSS teachers are free w/ ID. Fees are nominal. Natural & down-home field trip to OI is truly a fun way to learn & enjoy our coastal treasures!
Wear a hat & dress down. Partly cloudy mornings are perfect weather for summer visits.

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing moment of spontaneity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

We stopped here on our way to Tybee (We never actually made it to Tybee). This was this best investment of our trip, as it was the most romantic thing we did outside of the Gastonian!

Visited July 2014
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