Bring in the New Year with a Visit to The Elephant Sanctuary's Welcome Center!
The Elephant Sanctuary is celebrating the release of the Sanctuary's 2011 Calendar with an exhibition of the new photos used in the calendar.
Sanctuary Much for Being the Friends who Never Forget!
African Elephant is Two Species, Researchers Say
Genetic researchers may have resolved a long-standing dispute by proving there are two species of African elephant.
New CEO Rob Atkinson Has Arrived
With the arrival of our new CEO Rob Atkinson, it was a momentous week for the Sanctuary, and for the future of the organization and its beneficiaries, our beloved Girls.
Thai Elephant Gets New Prosthetic Leg, Joyfully Throws Dirt
After losing her foot to a landmine a decade ago while working in a Thai logging camp, the 48-year-old elephant has been fitted with a special prosthesis.
To all of our Friends and Supporters,
The Sanctuary's phone and computer systems will be down on Wednesday, November 17th until noon while we perform some computer maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will be back up and running as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
RSPCA Head of Wildlife Science to Run Elephant Sanctuary
The head of our wildlife science team, Rob Atkinson, is leaving the RSPCA today after more than 11 years to become the new CEO of the Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee.
Kids Giving Back
In September, a group of Ocala, Florida elementary school students held a bike-a-thon to raise money for The Elephant Sanctuary as part of an educational project on elephants.
Be the Friend They Will Never Forget
CBS has made it possible for The Elephant Sanctuary to be in Times Square every hour from Oct 16 thru November 30.
Bones Unearthed in Franklin, TN Yard May Be Mastadon
Past the driveways and decorative mailboxes of a quiet Franklin, TN cul de sac, the ancient bones of what's likely a mastodon and the tools of prehistoric America are seeing sunlight for the first time in thousands of years.
Villagers Rescue Elephant (Shillong, India)
"The rescue effort took a day and villagers were a great help. We removed earth from one side of the gorge to pull the elephant out," said C.G. Momin, range forest officer of the national park.
Echo: An Elephant to Remember - PBS TV Oct. 17, 2010 - 8:00 p.m. EST
Echo, the remarkable matriarch of a family of elephants in Kenya's Amboseli National Park, was most studied elephant in the world, the subject of several books and documentaries, including two NATURE films.
Lottie Has Suddenly Passed Away
We are both saddened and shocked to announce that our Lottie passed away early Sunday morning, October 10th.
Tarra and Bella Return to The Oprah Winfrey Show!
Tarra & Bella's inspiring story will be showcased again Monday, Oct. 4, on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Seven Elephants Killed by Train in India
A speeding train crushed seven elephants to death in eastern India after the animals tried to rescue two calves that got stuck in the tracks, conservation officials said.
Serengeti on Road to Ruin, Scientists Warn
Plans to build a highway through Tanzania's Serengeti National Park will destroy one of the world's last great wildlife sanctuaries, a group of conservation experts has warned.
Governor Bredensen Proclaims 6th Tennessee Week for the Animals September 18-26, 2010!
During this extraordinary week, community leaders and humane organizations across Tennessee will be hosting wonderful animal-related events. Educators, students, community leaders, businesses and caring citizens everywhere will be joining to celebrate and help animals!
Human Overcrowding in Kenya Endangers Elephant Population
Elephants need space and are fast finding themselves confined to small refuge areas. Every time they step out they are in conflict with humans.
Film-maker Ken Moore Discusses 'Spaceless in Seattle"
Remember when you were young and visited the zoo? Didn't we all ask, at some point, are the animals happy here? Do they miss not being where they came from? Do they like being here all alone? Do they have enough room?
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Announces New CEO
Hohenwald, Tenn. - (September 7, 2010) - Robert Atkinson, Head of Wildlife for the United Kingdom's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was announced today as CEO of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, the nation's largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered Asian and African elephants.
The Elephant Sanctuary Welcomes Rob Atkinson as CEO
Robert Atkinson, Head of Wildlife for the United Kingdom's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was announced today as CEO of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Elephants in the Digital Age
Exciting technology upgrades underway at the Sanctuary will soon expand our observation opportunities and education programs without intruding on the elephants.
If you are experiencing difficulties while trying to access the "Ele-Cam" please be patient. We are making some minor modifications and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm Urged to Drop Elephant Plans
Animal welfare experts have urged a zoo near Bristol to drop plans to build what is thought would be the UK's biggest elephant enclosure.
Zimbabwe Cancels Plans for Capture & Shipment of Animals to North Korea
The transfer of captured wild animals from Zimbabwe to North Korea has been cancelled. This has come about due to both national and international condemnation of this deal.
Relative of Mastadon Found in Tennessee
Today, the Sanctuary elephants are roaming the hills where their distant relatives once thrived
What the Elephants Know
David Hancocks is the former director of Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and one of the most forward-thinking authorities on zoos. In the 1970s, he recommended closing Seattle's elephant exhibit and was quickly told by a city councillor that he would be leaving town before the elephants would. He says the recent outcry over the treatment of elephants is a sign that zoos aren't keeping up with the times. "I think 20 years from now, people will be saying, 'How did zoos get away with all of this?'" He sees the zoos of the future as places that legitimately try to live up to the promises about conservation they have been making for 35 years. Places that may have smaller collections, fewer exotic animals, and a real focus on animal welfare. Places that most assuredly will not have elephants.
Anatomy of a Conflict
Human-elephant conflict has assumed significant proportions in recent times.
Babe, Forever In Our Hearts
Babe, a beloved resident of Black Beauty Ranch has passed away.
Behind the Scenes at Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary
More than a dozen elephants make their home in middle Tennessee and their caretaker said the animals are doing just fine.
URGENT SIGNATURES NEEDED: Zimbabwe baby elephants destined for North Korea
Born Free is deeply concerned by the recent news that a string of wild animals, many of them endangered, will be sent from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe to North Korea. We can see no conservation benefit to these plans, and are concerned about the substantial threat to the welfare of the individual animals involved.
Temporary Phone Number for The Elephant Sanctuary
We have a temporary phone number at the moment, so please call us at 931-295-3300. As soon as our regular number is back up we will let you know. And of course you can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
China's Last Elephant - Animal Planet May 9th, 7:00 p.m. EST
The film "China's Last Elephant" will be aired on May 9th, at 7pm EST in the US, as the last show in the Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom series on Animal Planet. ...
Secret Life of Elephants - May 16, 2010 - 8 p.m. EST
Secret Life of Elephants, a two-hour exploration into the lives of more than 900 elephants that roam Kenya's National Samburu Reserve, makes its debut on May 16 at 8 p.m. EST on Animal Planet.
Elephants Use 'Hot Spots' to Stay Cool
Elephants can fine tune their body temperature using "hot spots" scattered around their bodies, according to research which questions the widely held belief that the animals use their giant ears to stay cool.
Mammoth Hemoglobin Offers More Clues to Its Artic Evolution
By reconstructing the mammoth's hemoglobin, a team led by Kevin L. Campbell of the University of Manitoba in Canada has discovered how the once-tropical species adapted to living in arctic temperatures.
Weather Update at the Sanctuary
Torrential rain have kept us busy, but we want you to know that all of the elephants and caregivers are fine.
Search for Chief Executive Officer of TES
The Board of Directors of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee invites applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Search for Director of Resource Development
The Board of Directors of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee invites applications for the position of Director of Resource Development.
Lilliput Jumbos - a Subject of Debate
Two photographers say they have chanced upon a pygmy elephant, but experts dismiss their claim.
Shrine Circus Elephant Kills Trainer
A circus elephant that kicked a handler before a show, killing him, did so accidentally, a coroner said Saturday.
Bid to Relax International Ban on the Sale of Ivory Is Rejected
In a victory claimed by conservationists seeking to shield Africa's elephants from poachers, the main international agency protecting endangered species resolved on Monday to uphold a 21-year-old ban on the international trade in ivory, rejecting efforts by Tanzania and Zambia to dilute the prohibition.
A Message from Scott
By now most of you are aware that the Sanctuary is undergoing a significant period of change, and although change is inevitable it is often very difficult for everyone involved. We greatly appreciate all of the questions, expression of concerns and communications of support during this shift. We will work diligently to ease your worries and keep your trust.
China's Elephants Jostle for a Little Room
The country only has 300 wild elephants left, squashed into a patchwork of ever-smaller spaces. A wildlife park, and programs to help villagers view them more kindly, may help stave off extinction.
The End of an Era of Elephant Abuse: Saigon, Australia's Last Circus Elephant, Retired
The story of Saigon touched the hearts of people all across Australia. Too old to perform, Saigon was still trucked from town to town with Perry Bros Circus. Thanks to the campaign that inspired over 20,000 people to sign our 'Free Saigon' petition, her days on the road are finally over...
Sale of Elephant Tusk Stockpiles May Encourage Poaching, Experts Worry
Elephant experts from around the world are joining a University of Washington scientist in calling for a moratorium on legal ivory sales, to protect elephants from being slaughtered for their tusks.
Health Update on Liz
The Sanctuary has now confirmed that Liz is presently TB positive and we have an appropriate treatment regimen already in place.
No Good Reason for Elephant Trainers to Use Bull Hooks
A tool of elephant trainers has been around for centuries. It essentially is a fireplace poker with a sharp point to push and a sharp hook to pull. And whether you call it an ankus, a bull hook or a guide (the favored politically correct term currently in use by zoos and circuses), it is in my experience all too often just a cruel weapon.
Bangkok Ivory Seizure Points Up CITES Elephant Dispute
Thai customs officials have seized two metric tonnes of elephant tusks hidden in pallets at Bangkok's main airport, a customs department statement said Thursday.
Corridor of Certainty for Jumbos
A Wildlife Trust of India initiative has meant that 23 acres of land in Yedaralli and Dodda Sampige villages have been reclaimed by the Forest Department. This move, it is hoped, will curb man-elephant conflict in the region, what with the elephants reclaiming their corridor, writes Shyam Sundar Vattam
Zimbabwean Security Forces Accused of Poaching
The leader of a U.N. program to protect endangered species on Thursday charged that Zimbabwean security forces are spearheading poaching of elephants and rhinos in the troubled country.
USDA conficates circus animals including the elephant Twiggy
Toledo Zoo takes in elephant confiscated from Indiana Circus.
St. Lucie Commissioners' Scrutiny May Drive Away Proposed Elephant Sanctuary
Three weeks after St. Lucie County commissioners voted unanimously to allow The National Elephant Center, a temporary home for Asian and African elephants, to open on a 34-acre site near the Okeechobee County line, representatives for the nonprofit organization say they may not be coming here after all. The reason? They didn't like the restrictions placed on their operations.
Topeka Zoo Should Retire Elephants
An animal advocacy group in Kansas and a city councilman are ramping up a push to retire the Topeka Zoo's elephants to a sanctuary in Tennessee.
Legislation Supposedly Destroys Safari Industry
Animal welfare organizations such as Public Watch, Four Paws South Africa, IFAW, the National Council for SPCAs and other organizations in Zimbabwe that work to promote animal welfare welcomed the new draft legislation.
Animal Rights Groups Sue Edmonton Over Ailing Elephant
Two animal-rights groups filed a court application Monday claiming the City of Edmonton is breaching Alberta's Animal Protection Act by keeping Lucy the elephant ill, alone and in distress.
Ivory Trade Fact Sheets 2010
At every meeting of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, debate surrounding trade in elephant products tends to dominate discussions. The meeting in Doha from March 13-25 will be no different.
Weather Update 1/29/10
The Sanctuary is always ready for the worst weather with back-up generators, multiple heat sources in each barn and back-up water systems. Our caregivers will forge through snow of any depth to take care of the lovely ladies; they're always in good hands and warm barns.
St. Lucie County, FL Bans Use of Bullhooks at National Elephant Center
Representatives from the National Elephant Center agreed Tuesday to forbid the presence of a criticized training tool on the proposed 326-acre property as one condition for approval of a $4 million project to house up to 10 elephants.
Perfect in Herself
Exploring the common minds and emotions of people and other animals and their lives together.
Save the Elephant: Ivory Trading is Set to Resume
Britain urged to oppose demands from Tanzania and Zambia to lift ban on tusk sales / Conservationists fear the move would intensify slaughter of elephants.
Elephant Center Plan Before St. Lucie Commission Tuesday
Animal rights groups are opposing the center because it is not a sanctuary for elephants, said Nick Atwood, campaigns director for the Animal Rights Foundation.
No Dumbos! At CBS, Elephants Pull in Ratings
Elephants continue to be a crowd-pleaser for CBS. On Sunday, their most recent elephant story helped 60 Minutes draw 14.84 million viewers!
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Announces Search for New CEO