Visit the Animals of Oatland Island Wildlife Center

In the 18th century, Oatland Island was cleared to plant cotton as part of the McQueen family Plantation.  Then, in 1927, the property was purchased by the International Order of Railroad Conductors and a large white columned and brick retirement home was constructed.  Between 1941 and 1973, the building was used as a hospital for the U.S. Public Health Service and as a laboratory for the Centers for Disease Control.

Soon after the CDC moved the lab to their headquarters in Atlanta, a local public school teacher, Mr. Tony Cope, petitioned the government to allow the Savannah-Chatham County school system to use the property as an environmental education center. In August of 1974, Oatland Island Educational Center opened to the public.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is now open as an educational facility that specializes in environmental discovery, 150 different wildlife animals and field trips to about 20,000 school students a year.  Oatland includes around 100 acres of land and many exhibits of animals.  All of the animals at Oatland are native to Georgia.  In 2019, Oatland Island celebrated its 45th anniversary being opened to the public.

Oatland Island Wolves, Savannah GA
Red Fox Oatland Island, Savannah GA
Oatland Island Alligator Savannah
Cougar Oatland Island Savannah
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Barred Owl
Georgia Farm Oatland Island
Eastern Indigo Snake Oatland Island
Bald Eagle Savannah GA Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Gopher Tortoise, Georgia Reptile, Oatland Island
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Bobcat
American Bison, Oatland Island, Savannah
Ossabaw Pigs at Oatland Wildlife Center
Red Shouldered Hawk, Savannah GA
Oatland Island Armadillo, Savannah GA
Oatland Island Opossum
Barnyard Animals, Oatland
Turkey at Oatland Island Wildlife Center
White Tailed Deer, Savannah
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Black Vulture
Oatland Welcome Center Reptiles
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