Visit The Elephant Discovery Center

Located in downtown Hohenwald, Tennessee, the Elephant Discovery Center is your one-stop elephant education destination. Stroll through the outdoor classrooms exhibits to learn about the difference in the elephant species and their role as "keystone species" in their native habitats. Take a selfie with the "re-tired" elephant statue made from recycled tires. Take a few minutes to relax among the over 40 species of flowers, shrubs, grasses, and trees that fill the landscape, a demonstration of The Sanctuary's commitment to sustainability. If you visit after a rainfall, you can see how our rainwater catchment and irrigation system works. 

Inside, you can see the journey of elephants from wilderness to captivity to retirement at The Sanctuary. Interactive exhibits will engage all multiple senses as you learn how elephants use sight, sound, and body language to communicate. A hands-on timeline tells the story of The Sanctuary and its residents. Staff will point out examples of the building's "greenness" and steps taken to be environmentally friendly. Watch the elephants via video live-streamed from their habitat. Select your favorite elephant's t-shirt from the gift shop.

Please call 931-796-6500 ext 101 or email to plan your visit. Drop-in hours are posted to the right. 

Please Note: The Elephant Discovery Center is still under renovation. All exhibits are not yet complete.

The elephants' habitats are closed to the public. There are no elephants at the Discovery Center or Outdoor Classroom.

The Elephant Discovery Center is located at:
27 East Main Street
                  Hohenwald, TN 38462                 


 The Elephant Discover Center Winter Hours

December 8th - 9th, 15th-16th (The City of Hohenwald's "Christmas in Hohenwald" Celebration)

Open 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

December 21st-22nd, 28th-29th

Open 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Elephant Discovery Center will be open 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM each Thursday and Friday, January through February.

Private group presentations are available by appointment throughout the week. For more information, contact 931-796-6500 ext: 101 or email

Please Note: The elephants' habitats are closed to the public.

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