Wildlife

Jekyll Island is a state park with acres of wilderness. It is not uncommon to encounter wildlife while on the island. Please remember, when you visit Jekyll Island, you are a guest in this wild habitat. Treat all wildlife with respect. Feeding, harassing, approaching, injuring or removing any wildlife, including alligators, deer, turtles, raccoons, birds, and snakes is against the law. In the unlikely event of wildlife attack or a clear and immediate threat to your personal safety, please call 9-1-1.

Wildlife Assistance
The Jekyll Island Authority has staff who are trained and experienced in responding to a variety of wildlife concerns, complaints, and emergencies.  Please call the contacts below if you have concerns about an injured, sick, or dead animal.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Stranded or dead sea turtles and marine mammals
800.272.8363

Jekyll Island Wildlife Response
General wildlife concerns 
912.222.5992

St. Simons Sound Incident  

In September 2019, the car carrier Golden Ray capsized in the St. Simons Sound, north of Jekyll Island. Efforts are currently underway to remove the shipwreck from the sound.

While it’s unlikely you’ll find debris on Jekyll Island as a result of the removal of the Golden Ray, a reporting system is in place in the event debris is found. For shipwreck debris reporting, call 912.944.5620 or complete an online report form