2021 Christmas Tree Drive

Tis the season for The Elephant Sanctuary’s annual Christmas Tree Drive!

Elephants are the world’s largest land animal, which means that have big appetites. In fact, elephants can consume approximately 150 pounds of fruits, vegetables, grain and plant material each day, including Christmas trees, which contain sweet resin that is high in nutrients.

December 26 through January 8, Middle Tennessee residents are invited to donate their Christmas trees to the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Because the elephant’s habitats are not open for public visitation, Caregivers will deliver the trees to the habitats to provide enrichment and supplement the elephants’ decreased foraging opportunities during the winter months. Not only do the donated trees provide a treat for the elephants, but they also allow the public to participate in eco-friendly practices by keeping less waste from entering our landfills!

The tree drop-off location is located BEHIND The Elephant Discovery Center located at 27 E. Main Street in Hohenwald, TN (there is a sign marking the location). While you're there, come inside The Discovery Center so that we can say hello and you can explore the exhibits!

For other possible uses for your tree in Nashville/Middle Tennessee, consider:

If you are located outside of Middle Tennessee or further afield, please check with your local or state parks department or accredited zoo or sanctuary.

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