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


Have You Herd? It's World Elephant Day
at The Elephant Discovery Center

Friday, Aug 12th is World Elephant Day! Join The Elephant Sanctuary in downtown Hohenwald, TN for a live presentation by special guest Paleoecologist Greg Smith. Greg will be discussing the diet of extinct members of the Proboscidia Family—mastadons and mammoths—as well as the role that these animals had in their environment, and what that can teach us about their modern relatives, the elephants.

When: Friday, August 12 at 1:30 p.m. CST
Where: The Elephant Sanctuary’s Elephant Discovery Center
 27 E Main St, Hohenwald, Tennessee 38462

Greg Smith is a Vertebrate Paleoecologist PhD student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Vanderbilt University. His research primarily focuses on the environments and diets of extinct members of the elephant family.

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

This event is free and open to the public. As an accredited Sanctuary, the elephants’ habitats are closed to the public. There will be no elephants at this event.