Visit The Elephant Sanctuary's Welcome Center

The Elephant Sanctuary habitat is not open to the public.

All of the Girls are retired from zoos and circuses where they lived their lives on exhibit to the public. To ensure minimal intrusion on the sanctity of their Sanctuary, the elephant habitat is not open to the public. The Elephant Sanctuary is, however, dedicated to educating the public about these amazing animals in our care.

The staff and volunteers at the Welcome Center invite the public to stop by located 4 miles from the elephant habitat on Main Street in Hohenwald. The Welcome Center features:

  • Videos of our Girls
  • Monthly Presentations by Staff about the elephants
  • Photo exhibit featuring the Sanctuary residents
  • The Elephant Sanctuary Gift Shop offers a full line of our Sanctuary merchandise—all proceeds directly benefit the elephants in our care.

While at the Welcome Center, visitors may also access our network of 13 cameras (Elecams) which are strategically placed throughout all three habitats, and enjoy live streaming video of the Girls in their natural environment without intruding on their Sanctuary. The staff and volunteers welcome everyone to visit and learn about our Girls and their lives in Sanctuary.

The Welcome Center is located at:

27 East Main Street
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Hours of Operation:

Thursdays       11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fridays            11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Presentations are made on select Saturdays each month. Group presentations available by appointment throughout the week.

For more information, contact 931-796-6500 ext: 101 or email

Ronnie (L) & Minnie

Elephant Care 101


The Elephant Discovery Center

Hohenwald, TN. (8/31/16) – Join The Elephant Sanctuary staff on Saturday, September 17th at The Elephant Discovery Center in downtown Hohenwald for a hands on experience to learn how rewards and trust are used to influence elephant behavior at The Sanctuary. Caregivers will share how they use a system of positive reinforcement and Protected Contact (PC) when working with the elephants and how the elephants are trained in behaviors necessary for their own health care, such as presenting their feet for a "pedicure" or holding out their trunk for an examination. This program will be interactive, fun and educational for all ages.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ELEPHANTS AT THIS EVENT. Demonstrations will use volunteers and visual aids.

Saturday, Sept 17th

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The Elephant Discovery Center

27 E. Main Street