News Archive : 2011

2011-12-13
Welcome Center December Events
The Elephant Sanctuary is pleased to announce the Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald will present a multi-media presentation and informal discussion about one of our Asian elephant residents, Minnie, during the month of December.
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2011-12-01
Doing What's Best for Flora
David Balding showed great self-sacrifice when he gave Flora over in 2004 to a life at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, a life that he felt was more likely than he to meet her needs as she got older. David chose The Sanctuary because we allow and encourage elephants to be elephants and to live as natural a life as possible.
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2011-12-01
Flora - Finding Sanctuary in Tennessee
As One Lucky Elephant premiers today on the OWN network, we are reminded of just how far Flora has come in her journey. The documentary chronicles Flora's career as a circus elephant and the struggle of her owner, David Balding, to find a better life for her.
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2011-11-30
USDA Fines Ringling Bros. Circus Over Treatment of Animals
In the video, CNN talks with Robert Atkinson, CEO of The Elephant Sanctuary in Nashville, about what changes the circus should make.
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2011-11-09
Welcome Center November Events
The Elephant Sanctuary is pleased to announce the Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald will present a multi-media presentation and informal discussion about one of our Asian elephant residents, Shirley, during the month of November.
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2011-11-07
Elephant mourns loss of canine companion
For the past eight years, Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog were inseparable at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, about 80 miles southwest of Nashville.
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2011-11-05
CBS Reports: Tarra and Bella - Elephant Loses Man's Best Friend
CBS newsman, Steve Hartman, revisited The Elephant Sanctuary after Bella's death
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2011-11-03
Sharing Sad News - A Resource For Teachers and Parents
Answering Questions from Children about Bella's Death
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2011-11-03
Create a Lasting Legacy for Bella
At the request of both our Caregiver Staff and an overwhelming number of supporters, The Sanctuary has established The Bella Fund.
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2011-10-30
Doing What's Right for Tarra
Our Tarra lost her beloved dog companion Bella last week. So soon after her loss, Tarra is clearly in grief but is already reaching out to those best placed to comfort her-her elephant family.
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2011-10-28
We Say Goodbye to Bella, Tarra's Little Dog
A letter from Rob Atkinson, CEO
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2011-10-28
The Elephant Sanctuary Mourns Loss of Bella the Dog
Bella was the dear companion of Tarra, The Sanctuary's founding elephant.
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2011-10-05
Hangin' In Hohenwald: The Elephant at Home
At the Sanctuary, elephants spend their days roaming the grounds in tranquil retirement.
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2011-10-03
The Elephant Sanctuary Adds Three Directors to Leadership Team
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee announces the addition of three directors to its management team, each of them employed in newly-created positions. They are Dr. Susan Mikota, Director of Veterinary Care; Steve Smith, Director of Elephant Husbandry; and Joe Rizzo, Director of Facilities Development.
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2011-08-30
Welcome Center September Events
The Elephant Sanctuary is pleased to announce that the Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald will feature two of our Asian residents, Shirley and Tarra, during the month of September.
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2011-08-18
A Message From Rob
"We are going to preserve Scott's legacy and build on it into the future as we continue to provide a true Sanctuary which allows elephants to live their lives as elephants in a safe haven, with minimal intrusion." - Rob
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2011-08-18
A Message From Scott
"Although I will not be here at The Sanctuary, I believe in its future. There are many very capable friends of the elephants that will help carry The Sanctuary forward." - Scott
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2011-08-17
The Elephant Sanctuary In Tennessee Announces Departure of Co-Founder
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and its co-founder Scott Blais announced on August 17, 2011 that Blais is leaving the employment of The Sanctuary. Blais will remain for a time as a consultant to the organization he helped to found in 1995.
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2011-08-17
The Sanctuary & co-founder Scott Blais announced today that Scott will be leaving the employment of The Sanctuary.
Read Rob and Scott's statements regarding this new development.
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2011-08-01
Welcome Center Features Tarra and Bella in August
The Elephant Sanctuary will feature our Asian resident, Tarra, and her companion, Bella, during the month of August.
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2011-06-30
Welcome Center July Events
The Elephant Sanctuary is pleased to announce that the Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald will feature two of our Asian residents, Dulary and Misty, during the month of July.
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2011-06-01
Fulton County Bans Elephant Bullhooks Used by Circuses, but Atlanta Not Included
Security guards seized a bullhook as a weapon, -- an instrument shaped like a fire poker, topped with a steel claw with two sharpened tips.
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2011-05-31
Welcome Center Events in June
The Elephant Sanctuary is pleased to announce the Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald will feature Tange, one of our African residents, during the month of June. A photo exhibit featuring Tange and other residents, both African and Asian, is currently on display.
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2011-05-10
Elephant Sanctuary's New CEO Optimistic About Haven's Future
The sanctuary's new CEO Rob Atkinson, who moved from England to Hohenwald, said he intends to honor the original mission of the Elephant Sanctuary - giving these animals room to live and roam.
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2011-05-11
Billie's Chain is Off!
After 5 years here at the Elephant Sanctuary, Billie is finally free of the chains that tied her to her former life as a circus elephant.
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2011-05-07
A Rare Visit to Elephant Heaven
Welcome to the award-winning Elephant Sanctuary, the continent's largest haven for weary veterans of North American circuses and zoos.
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2011-04-28
Welcome Center Events in May
Sanctuary staff and volunteers at the Welcome Center invite you to stop by the Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald in May for a special program about African and Asian elephants called "What makes an elephant -an ELEPHANT?"
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2011-03-30
Welcome Center to Feature Flora During April
The Elephant Sanctuary will feature one of their African residents, Flora, during the month of April. A photo exhibit featuring Flora and the other residents is currently on display.
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2011-03-13
Tarra and Bella Story on Dateline Postponed
The Tarra and Bella story originally scheduled to appear on Dateline tonight has been postponed.
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2011-03-08
Welcome Center Now Featuring Winkie and Sissy During March
The Elephant Sanctuary Education Center in downtown Hohenwald will feature two of their residents, Winkie and Sissy, during the month of March. A photo exhibit featuring Winkie, Sissy and the other residents is currently on display.
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2011-03-08
Research Shows Elephants Recognize Cooperation
A new study shows elephants understand what it means to cooperate with others.
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2011-02-25
Trees for Trunks!
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has partnered with another 501(c)3 organization, SoundForest.org, for a "Trees for Trunks" campaign. With a $35 donation made through www.SoundForest.org, donors can sponsor the planting of a fruit tree at the Sanctuary. Fresh produce accounts for about 25 of the 150 pounds of food an elephant consumes every day. A single fruit tree can yield up to 5,000 pounds of food in 25 years.
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2011-02-22
Corridors: Route to the Elephants' Future
The Amboseli ecosystem is in danger. Traditional Maasai communal land is being rapidly subdivided into individual holdings. Land parcels too small and too dry for agriculture or livestock are being sold, often to hotel developers who want a quick return. With no enforced land-use planning, already concrete monstrosities are blighting the ecosystem and blocking elephant trails beyond the park.
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2011-02-21
A Message from Rob Atkinson, CEO
Our Girls have a glorious summer ahead, filled with days of dappled sunlight beneath trees, wholesome grass, cooling lakes and creeks. This year they will continue their journeys through the eventful lives that fate laid before them.
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2011-02-18
Elephant Behind TB Outbreak at Tennessee Sanctuary
Liz, an Asian elephant housed at The Elephant Sanctuary, was the source of tuberculosis infections among eight workers at the refuge, an author of a report on the 2009 outbreak said on Thursday.
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2011-02-17
Ed Gallery Event This Saturday (Feb. 19, 2011)
Join us for an informal program this Saturday, Feb. 19th at 1:00 p.m. at the Education Gallery.
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2011-02-16
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Statement on TB
In response to a Journal report released Wednesday, Feb. 16, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding Tuberculosis, The Elephant Sanctuary would like to offer the following important information.
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2011-02-14
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Files Response to Lawsuit by Former CEO
As you are likely aware, the Sanctuary was served with a lawsuit by co-founder and former CEO, Carol Buckley, in October 2010. Because we are now filing our legal response to the lawsuit, we wanted to let you know what's going on.
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2011-01-17
Lily Tomlin Speaks Up For Elephants
Tomlin has chosen to devote her spare time in a crusade against elephants in captivity.
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2011-01-14
Ed Gallery Event This Saturday (Jan. 15, 2011)
Join us for an informal program this Saturday, January 15th at 1:00 p.m. at the Education Gallery.
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2011-01-04
Elephants at ORIGINS
The Elephant Sanctuary is pleased to announce a special promotion with ORIGINS, located in the Dillard's department store at the Green Hills Mall in Nashville, Tennessee. From now until Valentine's Day, shoppers can register to win a gift basket valued at over $200 from the Elephant Sanctuary Gift Shop.
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2011-03-03
New Elecam System Goes Live

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