Visit The Elephant Sanctuary's Welcome Center


The Elephant Sanctuary habitat is not open to the public.

All of our Girls are retired from zoos and circuses where they lived their lives on exhibit to the public. To ensure minimal intrusion on the sanctity of their Sanctuary, the elephant habitat is not open to the public. The Elephant Sanctuary is, however, dedicated to educating the public about these amazing animals in our care.

The staff and volunteers at the Welcome Center invite the public to stop by located 4 miles from the elephant habitat on Main Street in Hohenwald. The Welcome Center features:

  • Videos of our Girls
  • Monthly Caregiver presentations
  • Photo exhibit featuring the Sanctuary residents
  • The Elephant Sanctuary Gift Shop offers a full line of our Sanctuary merchandise—all proceeds directly benefit the elephants in our care.

While at the Welcome Center, visitors may also access our network of 13 cameras (Elecam System) which are strategically placed throughout all three habitats, and enjoy live streaming video of the Girls in their natural environment without intruding on their Sanctuary. The staff and volunteers welcome everyone to visit and learn about our Girls and their lives in Sanctuary.

The Welcome Center is located at:

27 East Main Street
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Hours of Operation:

Thursdays       11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fridays            11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Select Saturdays only: Caregiver presentations are made on select Saturdays each month.

Group presentations are available by appointment throughout the week. For more information please call Lorenda Rochelle at 931-796-6500 ext. 105.

WELCOME CENTER SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Caregiver Presentations

On the third Saturday of each month, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcome Center is open to the public and will host a presentation from Sanctuary staff at 2:30. Visitors will also have a chance to visit our Gift Shop, watch live streaming video of our Elephants, and visit with Sanctuary Staff.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
“African Elephants at The Sanctuary”
Family friendly activities from 11 AM to 4 PM
Presentation from Staff at 2:30

Asian elephants and African elephants are very different animals. They look, sound, and act differently from one another.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee first welcomed African elephants in 2004, and Flora and Tange still call The Sanctuary home.

Join us on Saturday, March 15 to learn about these amazing animals and how they are different than their Asian elephant cousins.

Flora, right

 

Saturday, April 19
Elephant Toys!

Family friendly activities from 11 AM to 4 PM
Presentation from Staff at 2:30

“Play” is an important part of an elephant’s life. At The Sanctuary, we have lots of different toys, trinkets, and activities that keep our Girls happy and healthy. You may be surprised to learn some of the ways that the elephants like to have fun. They may even like some of the same toys you do! We’ll have some elephant toys on display, you can see if you have as much fun with them as the elephants!


Visitors will also have a chance to visit our Gift Shop, watch live streaming video of our Elephants, and interact with Sanctuary Staff.

There will be no live animals at these events.


Billie playing with her ball!