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


"What Do The Elephants Eat?"
The Elephant Discovery Center

Hohenwald, TN. (4/4/16) – The 14 retired elephants living at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee like to eat. A LOT. Rather than having a breakfast, lunch, and dinner like you and I, the elephants are eating most of the time, about 16 hours out of any given day. What do they eat? Does each elephant have a favorite food? Are there any foods that elephants AND people may like?

Join The Sanctuary staff at 3:30 PM on Saturday, April 16th to learn the answers to these questions and much more from The Sanctuary's Staff. Visitors will learn all about the elephants' diet through photos, videos, and live footage streaming from The Elephant Sanctuary.

The Elephant Discovery Center will be open from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 16th.

It is located at 27 E. Main St, Hohenwald, TN.

As an accredited sanctuary, the elephant habitat is closed to the public. There will be no elephants at this event.

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

Hadari eating bamboo

Ronnie and Debbie enjoying hay