Visit The Elephant Sanctuary's Welcome Center

The Elephant Sanctuary habitat is not open to the public.

All of our 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 Caregiver presentations
  • 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 (Elecam System) 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

Select Saturdays only: Caregiver presentations are made on select Saturdays each month.

Group presentations are available by appointment throughout the week. For more information please call Lorenda Rochelle at 931-796-6500 ext. 105.


Public Presentations
On the third Saturday of each month, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcome Center is open to the public and will host a presentation from Sanctuary staff. Visitors will also have a chance to visit our Gift Shop, watch live streaming video of our Elephants, and visit with Sanctuary Staff.

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Sissy’s Flood Presentation at 3:30 PM
Open 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Elephant Sanctuary Welcome Center
27 E. Main St, Downtown Hohenwald

All of The Sanctuary elephants led amazing and sometimes tragic lives before moving to Hohenwald. But only one (that we know of) survived a flood. When rising waters submerged Sissy’s zoo in Texas, her keepers thought that she had washed away and drowned.

But Sissy proved them wrong…in a most unusual way. Stop by The Welcome Center at 3:30 PM on Saturday, April 18th to learn more about this amazing elephant’s lifelong journey to The Sanctuary…including a few very wet days in Texas.

Visitors can visit our Gift Shop, watch live streaming video of our Elephants, and interact with Sanctuary Staff. As a true Sanctuary, the elephant habitat is closed to the public.