Since the Elephant Sanctuary’s inception,
the founders have been recognized and honored by
newspapers, television, and organizations which
champion animal welfare and the environment.
June 13, 2005
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has
been chosen by Independent Charities of America
as “Best in
the 50,000+ charities the Sanctuary is one of
only 1500 which have been certified as meeting
or exceeding the rigorous standards set forth
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City Paper (Nashville)
October 29, 2004
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A page from the May 2002 issue of Redbook shows Meg Ryan during the filming of an elephant documentary she made in Asia. Asian elephants have been an endangered species since 1972, but today they are in greater danger than ever before because of ivory poaching and the disruption of their migration routes.
The Elephant Sanctuary, a refuge for old, injured, and sick elephants from American zoos and circuses and located in Hohenwald, Tennessee, needs more space for its residents. You can help by contributing to Acres for Elephants!
The article in National Geographic World recounts the reunion of Jenny, an abandoned circus elephant, with Shirley, a new arrival at the Sanctuary.
Jenny and Shirley had been barn mates 25
years earlier. After more than two
decades apart, they recognized each
other. Now they share everything. They're
never apart and often stand touching.
The mutual devotion of the animals
amazes Buckley, who says she's never
seen such togetherness. It's true that
elephants never forget especially
Parade Magazine featured Carol Buckley and The Elephant Sanctuary in their Feb. 24, 2002 edition. The full-page article included information about how the Sanctuary came to be "Tarra, the sanctuary's first resident, was my inspiration," Buckley explained. She went on to say that "The elephants are still captive here, but we can't release them into the wild, because there is no wild to release them to. Their natural habitat has been destroyed. There isn't even enough room for the elephants that still live in the wild. So this is the best we can do for these girls for now."
Hundreds of thousands of people read this article, raising awareness for the plight of captive elephants everywhere.
December 2002. Carol Buckley was presented the E-chievement Award in celebration of those people "making a positive difference in their communities and beyond". This award was presented by Whole Food Market and e-town.
Genesis Awards March 2001. Carol Buckley was selected
as Guest of Honor for the 15th annual Genesis Awards banquet held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Upon taking
the stage for her acceptance speech, Carol received a standing ovation.
Each year a guest of honor is chosen, recognizing the person who
has brought the most media attention to his or her cause.
It was obvious that Carol was the right choice as four of the Genesis Award winners featured The Elephant Sanctuary!
Carol's presentation as Guest of Honor
» Click to see more images from the Genesis Awards Ceremony.
The Urban Elephant a National
Geographic & Nature Series Program originally shown on PBS Sunday,
November 19, 2000. A poignant and powerful
portrayal of the difficult and sometimes tortured lives of elephants
living in captivity. The documentary ends on a positive and hopeful
note with the highlighting of the reunion of Jenny and Shirley, two
ex-circus elephants, separated 25 years, now living at the Elephant
Sanctuary. The overwhelming display of emotion and recognition these
old friends exhibit gives credence to the belief that elephants are
emotionally complex creatures who never forget.
The Urban Elephant — Take a "video tour" of the Elephant Sanctuary in this PBS on-line article,
A Safe Haven.
To order your own copy of the Urban Elephant documentary, click here.
Magazine Heroes for the Planet (October 12, 1998) Carol
Buckley and Scott Blais were named, along
with 9 others, as Heroes for the planet. Carol and Scott were
honored along with others doing environmental work to better
» Read the article from Time Magazine.
People Magazine: The Elephant Sanctuary was featured in an article in November 1996.
USDA recognition: In a letter addressed to Carol Buckley, co-founder and director of the Elephant Sanctuary, Michael Dunn, former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Agriculture states, "I have great admiration and respect for the work you do. We need more individuals like you, who willingly shoulder the burden of caring for animals at risk. We all owe you a debt of gratitude."
Phil Snyder, regional director of the Humane Society of the United States has stated, "The Elephant Sanctuary represents the future of enlightened captive elephant management."