Visit The Elephant Discovery Center

Increasing public knowledge is key to creating a world where elephants no longer live under constant threat of poaching, habitat loss, conflict, or capture.

In August 2017, the Elephant Discovery Center’s Outdoor Classroom welcomed its first visitors.

An open-air learning space, the Outdoor Classroom serves as a public walkway for Hohenwald, TN residents and visitors alike. The hands-on, self-guided exhibits teach visitors about the differences between the species and the ecological role elephants play in the wild.

Environmental sustainability is a common thread in all of The Sanctuary’s work, and visitors can see many examples of this in the Outdoor Classroom. More than 40 species of trees and shrubs, most of which can be found locally, create a living greenspace in downtown Hohenwald. A 2,500-gallon rainwater catchment cistern supplies the water used to irrigate the landscape, reducing the demand for ground water.

The Outdoor Classroom is always open to drop-in visitors.

Meanwhile, construction continues inside the Elephant Discovery Center, and the new interactive exhibit space is taking shape. 

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.

All elephants reside within The Sanctuary’s 2,700 acres of habitat nearby, retired from public view. 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 21, 22, 28, 29: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Elephant Discovery Center will be open 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM every 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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