Saturday May 31, 2014
Event Information
Section: General
Grand Opening of the New "Cougar Crossing" Exhibit at Oatland Island

When: May 31, 2014
10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Phone: (912) 395-1500
Address: 711 Sandtown Rd.
Savannah, GA 31410
Cost: $5 per adult; $3 per child, military and senior

Description: Oatland Island Wildife Center is pleased to announce the re-opening of the newly renovated “Cougar Crossing” exhibit. This long anticipated project will allow visitors to get a close-up, ground level view of the cougar, North America’s largest feline. In addition, Oatland is introducing its newest family member, “Shanti”, a young male cougar on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Staff members will be on hand from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to answer questions. So full of energy and enthusiasm, Shanti is sure to be an amusing addition to Oatland’s animal collection! Cougars are known by as many as 40 different common names such as: Eastern Cougar, Mountain Lion, Puma and Florida Panther. These cats are the largest member of what is known as the “lesser cats” who can purr, but cannot roar like the “greater cats”. Cougars are considered endangered or even extinct in their former range east of the Mississippi. The Western Cougar or Mountain Lion is considered “least concern” in their range. While there have been reported sitings of cougars in the east, most of these are thought to be animals that have escaped from private owners or western cougars or Florida panthers who have drifted out of their normal range. Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a unit of the Savannah-Chatham County School System and serves as a field study site for students throughout the region. It features the 2 mile “Native Animal Nature Trail” that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetlands and salt marsh habitats and links many native animal exhibits such as wolves, alligator and cougar. Oatland is located 5 miles east of Savannah off Islands Expressway and is open daily to the public for self guided tours from 10:00-4:00, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve day, Christmas and New Years. For more information call 912-395-1500, or visit


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