Oatland Island Wildlife Center
($5/person) covers 100 acres of maritime forest with a 2-mile nature trail walking loop featuring 5 main exhibit areas. The animals are all either rescues, orphans or unable to survive in the wild. They all seemed to be brighter and more active than other similar centers we’ve been to, following us with their eyes and reacting to sounds of birds and animals outside their enclosures. Outside the bird enclosures there were signs posted that said “To the untrained eye, it may seem that our raptor enclosures are somewhat small. However, they are that way intentionally.
All of our raptors were obtained from wildlife rehabilitators or veterinarians after treatment for various injuries that left them unable to fly. Non-flighted birds fare better in smaller enclosures with multiple perches to help them maneuver around their surroundings.” I was glad to learn that as we’ve often wondered why their cage tend to be so small. We passed a 4 other people while we were there. There is also a small area with some farm animals and an old cabin where you can learn how sugarcane used to be made into syrup. Our favorite enclosures were the cougars and the wolves and we even got to see 1 huge alligator.