October is Elephant Awareness Month in Tennessee

The Elephant Sanctuary
Welcome Center

27 E Main Street
Hohenwald, TN

Lorenda Rochelle
Donor and Community Relations

For Immediate Release

State of Tennessee, Lewis County and City of Hohenwald
Declare October as Elephant Awareness Month

Hohenwald, Tenn. – (October 1, 2012) – In recognition of the commitment, perseverance, and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, the State of Tennessee, Lewis County, and the City of Hohenwald have declared October 2012 as Elephant Awareness Month.

The official Tennessee proclamation recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam states, “The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee continually sets and reaches goals to better the lives of all elephants worldwide.”

Hohenwald City Mayor Johnny Clayton and Lewis County Mayor Van Ward signed and presented proclamations to Janice Zeitlin, Board Chair of The Elephant Sanctuary on October 1st.  “The Elephant Sanctuary’s mission has always been two-fold: to provide safe haven to elephants in need and to educate people about the crisis facing elephants in captivity and in the wild. Thanks to Governor Haslam, Mayor Clayton and Mayor Ward, the support of the entire Lewis County community and Sanctuary supporters around the globe, The Sanctuary and it’s dedicated staff is empowered to spread its message from the security of our own ‘safe haven,’ right here in Hohenwald, Tennessee,” stated Janice Zeitlin, Chair of the Board of The Elephant Sanctuary.

As part of its mission to educate the public about elephants, both in captivity and the wild, The Elephant Sanctuary opened its Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald (27 East Main St.) in 2010, and is developing an education gallery, to be housed next door.  Currently, visitors to the Welcome Center may enjoy Caregiver presentations and live elephant viewing via the 14 solar powered cameras (Elecams) installed throughout the elephant habitat. 

During the Hohenwald Oktober Heritage Festival on Oct. 12-13, The Elephant Sanctuary’s Welcome Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to view artwork created for Elephant Awareness Month by Lewis County Elementary School second graders, which will also be displayed throughout the month during the Welcome Center’s October hours of 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Thursday and Friday. Many activities are scheduled at the Welcome Center during the festival including multi-media presentations given by a Caregiver at 2:30 p.m. The topic of these presentations is “Elephant Trunks.”     

To further support awareness and education, The Elephant Sanctuary will participate in the Celebrate Nashville event at Centennial Park as well as the National Banana Pudding Festival in Centerville; both events are scheduled for Oct. 6th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The Elephant Sanctuary also sponsors two classrooms annually through the Lewis County Schools Adopt-A-Class Program. This October, these classes are scheduled for field trips to The Elephant Sanctuary Welcome Center, where they will watch Caregiver presentations. Additional speaking engagements and presentations are scheduled throughout the month. To schedule a group visit, contact Lorenda Rochelle, Donor and Community Relations, at lorenda@elephants.com or call 931-796-6500 ext. 105.

As part of Elephant Awareness Month, The Elephant Sanctuary is excited to announce the launch of the “Adopt an Elephant” Campaign sponsored by Grandma’s Molasses.  Since 2008, Grandma’s Molasses has been a proud sponsor of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Now through December 2012 you can make a donation and “adopt” one of the Girls currently living at The Sanctuary. For more information about this campaign and how you can help, visit www.elephants.com

The Elephant Sanctuary encourages all citizens to observe October as Elephant Awareness Month by learning about and by helping raise awareness of these amazing, complex animals.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee (www.elephants.com) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1995.  For the past 17 years it has provided sanctuary to 24 elephants and garnered support from more than 100,000 members. The organization, accredited by the Global Federation of Animal 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. The Sanctuary operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tenn., about 85 miles southwest of Nashville, and has a staff of 30 with 14 current elephant residents.