We are excited for your upcoming trip to Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Here are a few tips to make the most of your visit.
Please do not yell at or tease the animals, tap on or hit their exhibits or throw any objects.
Respect all fences and boundaries. They are there for your safety and the safety of the animals.
There are many factors that affect the center’s environment, including weather and animal health.
Consider checking our social media channels or website prior to your visit to be aware of any changes in the daily schedule or exhibit closures.
The exhibits and trails are self-guided. However, if you are interested in booking a tour for your group we have many options available. Please click here for more information.
There are restrooms available in the Welcome Center and near the Georgia Barnyard.
Remember, you’ll be spending the day outside! We advise that guests bring plenty of sunscreen, cold water, bug spray, good walking shoes and a hat.
Water fountains and a refillable water bottle station are available in the Welcome Center.
There is a drink vending machine located near the Georgia Barnyard exhibit. Snacks and a limited assortment of drinks are also available for purchase at the Gift Shop located inside the Welcome Center.
How big is the wildlife center?
Oatland Island Wildlife Center covers over 100 acres of maritime forest with a 2-mile nature trail walking loop featuring 5 main exhibit areas.
How long do we need to see the entire wildlife center?
We recommend approximately two hours to see the entire wildlife center, depending on the size and ages of your group and how fast you walk. Because we create exhibits that replicate the animals’ natural habitats, some animals can be difficult to see and visitors may spend more time in observation.
How many animals does Oatland Island have?
We have more than 95 animals from 39 difference species on exhibit, including mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds and reptiles.
What can I bring for our visit?
You may bring your own food. Please no alcoholic beverages.
What items are prohibited at Oatland Island?
Prohibited items include alcohol, balloons, skateboards, roller skates, bikes, trikes, Segways, firearms, weapons and knives. Smoking, electronic cigarettes and bare feet are also prohibited. Fishing poles/fishing are not allowed on wildlife centers grounds.
Do you have Wi-Fi available?
We do have Wi-Fi available for guests to use in the Welcome Center.
Can I smoke on Oatland Islands grounds?
By Georgia State law, smoking is strictly prohibited at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.
Are Service Animals allowed at Oatland Island?
Service Animals vs Emotional Support Animals: What’s the difference?
Emotional support animals are not permitted on the grounds of Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Service animals (such as dogs) are trained to perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical or mental disabilities. This includes, but not limited to, guiding individuals who are blind, alerting those who are deaf, protection individuals prone to seizures and various other tasks directly related to a disability. Pets and other animals whose sole function is to provide comfort, companionship or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Georgia State law.
Are my personal pets allowed to visit Oatland Island with me?
We love animals, but for the safety of ours, we do not allow pets (leashed or unleashed) onto Oatland Island Wildlife Center grounds. Only trained and vaccinated service animals are allowed on property.
Do you have picnic areas available?
Yes! We have covered and uncovered picnic tables available for use near the Welcome Center, the dock and the Barnyard enclosure.
What bus route comes closest to Oatland Island Wildlife Center?
Route 10 with Chatham Area Transit (CAT) comes closest to OIWC. Check CAT’s website to see the latest service schedule.
Can I donate or bring a hurt animal to Oatland Island Wildlife Center?
We are not able to accept donations of animals. Nor are we a rehabilitation center for injured animals. Please see a list of Department of Natural Resources Approved Animal Rehabilitators in our area.
Can you send me feathers or other items from an animal for a project?