Home & Herd

providing sanctuary for more than 20 years

Welcome to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Providing home, herd, rest, refuge, and individualized care for life.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee exists to

– provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being
– educate the public of the complex needs of elephants in captivity and the crisis facing elephants in the wild.

The Sanctuary is currently home to 13 elephants retired from zoos and circuses, many of whom suffer long-term health and behavioral issues common to elephants that have spent their lives in captivity. The Sanctuary employs a fully integrated team of veterinarians and caregivers who provide high-quality care by using positive reinforcement and protected contact to safely meet the needs of each elephant in care.

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