600 Pumpkins Donated to The Sanctuary

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2023

Hohenwald, TN - Once again, our Middle Tennessee community has generously contributed a wealth of donated pumpkins for the elephants at The Sanctuary!

Every year, we extend an invitation to our neighbors to bring uncarved pumpkins to The Sanctuary after the Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities. These pumpkins become a much enjoyed addition to the elephants' diet, as our dedicated Caregivers creatively utilize them as enrichment for the barns and habitats, offering a special and nutritious surprise for the elephants to discover. This year, our supportive community and neighbors collectively donated an impressive 600 pumpkins for the elephants, with even more coming in!

While each elephant has their unique eating style, the approach to large pumpkins is generally quite similar. A loud yet satisfying crunch resonates throughout the habitats as the elephants step on these giant pumpkins and subsequently relish each piece individually. It is a joyous and enriching experience for both the elephants and Care Staff, and we want to thank our community who make it possible!


About The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Located on 3,060 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee, The Elephant Sanctuary is the nation’s largest natural- habitat refuge developed specifically for Asian and African elephants. Founded in 1995, The Sanctuary has provided 33 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. The Sanctuary is licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and has been dually recognized through accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. The Elephant Sanctuary is currently home to 12 elephant residents.

To learn more about The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, please visit our website at www.elephants.com. We welcome you to stay engaged and observe the elephants via our live- streaming EleCams at www.elephants.com/elecam, and connect with us via social media.

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