The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
• Provides captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being;
• Works to raise public awareness of the complex needs of elephants in captivity, and the crisis facing elephants in the wild.
The Sanctuary is currently home to 10 elephants retired from zoos and circuses, many of whom suffer long-term health and behavioral issues common to elephants that have spent their lives in captivity. The Sanctuary employs a fully integrated team of veterinarians and caregivers who provide high-quality care by using positive reinforcement and protected contact to safely meet the needs of each elephant in our care.
Founding date 1995.
The Elephant Sanctuary is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically for elephants retired from performance and exhibition. Operating on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, TN, the habitats where the elephants live are closed to the public.
The Elephant Sanctuary is a Nonprofit Corporation licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, and certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Our strong performance as an animal-welfare/wildlife conservation Nonprofit is recognized by reputable charity monitoring groups: GuideStar, GivingMatters, BBB, Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and Great Nonprofits.
Increasing public knowledge is key to creating a world where elephants no longer live under constant threat of poaching, habitat loss, conflict, or capture.
The Sanctuary's Elephant Discovery Center, located in Downtown Hohenwald, offers hands-on, self-guided exhibits that teach visitors about the differences between the species and the ecological role elephants play in the wild, and tell the stories of the elephants that reside at The Sanctuary.