The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Begins Construction on Downtown Education Gallery
2009-02-10

NEWS For Immediate Release
Contact: Kate Elliott - 931-796-5800 x 24
Hohenwald, TN (February 10, 2009)

Two buildings originally set for demolition in downtown Hohenwald Tennessee are currently being restored by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

Phase 1 of the project is currently underway. Carol Buckley, Sanctuary President/CEO says, 'A new roof and store front will be the first improvements seen, but what is developed inside will amaze people. The Education Gallery, showcasing exhibits which will feature the Sanctuary residents telling their true life stories, will bring the visitor closer to understanding the saga of the wild-caught elephants that live among us in captivity.'

In addition to educational exhibits, the Education Gallery (open to the public) will also contain a visitor’s center with a theater in which to view multimedia presentations, a gift shop, and offices. When completed, it will be a space to immerse oneself in everything elephant. This facility will be designed with a focus on educational exhibits and multi-media presentations designed to inspire the public about elephants.

All aspects of this building will incorporate materials chosen for minimal environmental impact while remaining respectful to the city’s downtown trademark historical appearance. With the success of the recent reopening of the renovated Strand Theatre and adjacent gallery space, the Sanctuary’s Education Gallery will further stimulate the renovation of downtown Hohenwald as well as provide employment opportunities, revitalize buildings slated for demolition, and be a visible sign of support of the Sanctuary's long-time commitment to Lewis County. Thousands of visitors each year are drawn to Lewis County not only for the beautiful natural resources, but also to visit the town that is home to The Elephant Sanctuary.

The Education Gallery will give visitors a destination that satisfies their craving to know more about this unique haven where elephants can be retired to spend the rest of their lives in peace and dignity. Operating on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee— www.elephants.com—has been developed specifically to provide a place for traumatized elephants to recover from the debilitating experience of captivity.

The nonprofit organization, accredited by The Association of Sanctuaries and licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, is designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants that have been removed from zoos and circuses.

To find out more about the plight of captive elephants, and to monitor the progress of the residents of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee please visit our website at www.elephants.com.

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