The Elephant Sanctuary
The largest natural-habitat Elephant Sanctuary in the U.S. is right here in Middle Tennessee, just outside of Hohenwald. Established in 1995 to meet the needs of endangered elephants, this non-profit organization provides a haven for elderly, sick, or needy elephants who have been removed from zoos and circuses. Elephants in traditional captivity are often in chains for up to 18 hours a day, but here, the elephants are provided with 2,700 acres in which to “live like elephants,” and are never required to perform or entertain. In fact, as a true sanctuary, it is not open to the public, but “ele-cams” are set up throughout, with live video feeds available online at Elephants.com. The sanctuary’s outreach program has helped children and adults around the world understand that these
creatures are very intelligent, emotional, and social animals, showinghumor,expressing compassion, and forming complex social and family structures. A public Education Gallery is under development on the square
in downtown Hohenwald.