One of the places we visited on vacation was the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia. Originally built as a retirement home for the Brotherhood of Railroad conductors, it later became a hospital during World War II and then was occupied as a laboratory for the Center for Disease Control until 1973. Today it houses environmental classrooms, event rooms, and serves as the information center for the Wildlife Center. It is rumored to be haunted (we spoke to one of the groundskeepers) and with such a diverse history it could very well be.
While we were here we also saw Bison, deer, barnyard animals, visited the greenhouse and the butterfly garden. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and was less than $20.00 for 2 adults and 3 kids. If you visit with kids I would recommend telling them that seeing all the animals is not a guarantee. The kids were a little bummed they didn’t see the cougar or the fox, but we explained to them that this is a natural habitat and in order for it to feel more like their homes the animals needed to be able to hide and seek from us. They were more than satisfied at the end of the trail and enjoyed touring the gift shop before heading back to Tybee Island.