Ossabaw Island


Ossabaw Island Pigs

Recognized as an American feral breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, the hogs of Ossabaw were likely introduced by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. The animals adapted well to the island ecosystem and continue to thrive.


Learn more about the Ossabaw Island Pigs

Free-range Donkeys

Sandy Torrey-West, the island’s best-known and longest resident, introduced a few Sicilian donkeys to Ossabaw in 1965 and the herd had expanded to more than 100 members by the late 1990s. Mrs. West tells us the story of the donkeys in her own words.

Read Mrs. West’s Essay on the Donkeys of Ossabaw

Read Justin West’s Recollection of the Ossabaw Donkeys

Virtually Adopt an Ossabaw Donkey to support Ossabaw Island Foundation

Sea Turtles

Five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles can be found in the waters of coastal Georgia and Georgia’s barrier islands, including Ossabaw, provide vitally important nesting grounds for loggerhead sea turtles.


Learn more about the Sea Turtles on Ossabaw Island