The Sanctuary to Celebrate World Elephant Day with Film Premiere

The Elephant Sanctuary is hosting its third annual World Elephant Day Celebration Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Elephant Discovery Center in downtown Hohenwald, Tenn.

The celebration will kick off with the American premiere of Attenborough and the Giant Elephant, a BBC One production in which Sir David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant - a celebrity animal superstar whose story is said to have inspired the movie Dumbo.

Schedule of Events:

11:00 a.m. — American premiere of Attenborough and the Giant Elephant

1:00 p.m. — Caregiver Chat

1:30 p.m. — Elephant enrichment crafts

2:00 p.m. — Second screening of Attenborough and the Giant Elephant

This celebration will be an opportunity for friends and families to meet and interact with The Sanctuary’s elephant Caregivers and help make special enrichment treats for the elephants. Visitors will also be able to tour The Elephant Discovery Center and Outdoor Classroom, which feature self-guided exhibits on elephants as a keystone species in their native habitats, ongoing conservation efforts to protect them, and the features and behaviors unique to their species. The elephants at The Sanctuary are retired from public exhibition, therefore there will be no elephants at this event.

First recognized in 2012, World Elephant Day is a global effort to raise awareness about the issues facing elephants in the wild and in captivity.

This event is free and family-friendly. Let us know you're coming — RSVP on Facebook!


The Elephant Discovery Center is located at 27 E Main St, Hohenwald, TN 38462.

Since 1995, The Sanctuary has provided elephants retired from performance and exhibition with a safe refuge and the companionship of other elephants. The facility has grown from 110 acres to 2,700 acres and has provided sanctuary to 28 elephants, making it North America's largest natural habitat refuge for captive elephants. The Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only one of its kind in North America accredited by both the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). For more information or to make a donation, visit

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