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15 Minutes Away by Car: Oatland Island Wildlife Center

May 7, 2012

This week, we take another trip outside of Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District to highlight the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Oatland Island is the Savannah area’s educational nature reserve. With a mix of animals, it is the closest thing to a zoo in the surrounding lowcountry area. Unlike traditional “zoos,” Oatland Island is a sanctuary for animals (native to the surrounding area and some from across the country) who are unable to return to the wild for various reasons.

A trip to Oatland Island can last for an hour or two or all day long. The habitats are linked to one another along a meandering two-mile nature trail that takes visitors through the woods and along the marsh. The center also is home to an extensive raptor aviary. Events are planned throughout the year and include an annual sheep shearing

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission into the center is $5 per person, there are military and senior discounts available. For more information about Oatland Island, visit their website at:

Getting to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center from the Catherine Ward House Inn by car is very easy. From door to door, it takes about 15-20 minutes to drive between the two.

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