The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcomes New Director of Elephant Husbandry


Angela Spivey, 931-796-6500 x 114

Hohenwald, Tenn. - (May 30, 2013) – The Elephant Sanctuary is pleased to announce Adam Stone as their new Director of Elephant Husbandry.

Adam comes to The Sanctuary with 22 years of experience in animal care and applied animal behavior. His most recent position was at Zoo Atlanta where he spent over 11 years working with elephants in a variety of roles. As Assistant Curator, he developed and implemented a protected contact program for their African elephants, and guided the staff as they transitioned from free contact to protected contact. Adam is well versed in positive reinforcement training techniques and has served as a consultant for Active Environments at various facilities, including The Elephant Sanctuary.

While Adam has followed The Sanctuary and the stories of our Girls for many years, it was his first visit to the facility that inspired him to join our team. “I am truly impressed by the magnitude and devotion of the staff to the elephants in their care.” As our Director of Elephant Husbandry, Adam plans to “build an elephant husbandry program that is efficient and effective in addressing the individual needs of our Girls, but is without compromise for elephant welfare or Sanctuary ideals.” We are excited to have him on board.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee 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 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. The Elephant Sanctuary operates as a true sanctuary and therefore is not open to the public, but does provide an Elecam on their website where visitors can watch live images of the elephants enjoying their natural habitat.  For more information, please visit or call 931-796-6500.