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By: Denise Shelton
From: Fort Campbell Courier

COMMUNITY ATTRACTION: Elephants in Tennessee

The African elephant is the largest mammal walking the Earth. It has more than 100,000 muscles in its trunk making it flexible and strong enough to lift trees.

Although not native to Tennessee, 27 African elephants live in the southern part of Volunteer State in an elephant sanctuary.

“The Elephant Sanctuary was founded in 1995 on 220 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Tarra, a former performing elephant, was the first resident,” said Kate Mason, communications coordinator for the sanctuary.

Saturday is World Elephant Day. This year the sanctuary will celebrate the grand opening of its new outdoor classroom.

Read more: http://fortcampbellcourier.com/lifestyles/article_f0caa3f4-7e08-11e7-adc3-e7edfa87ed18.html

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