The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Provides Refuge for Retired Zoo or Circus Elephants and Offers Couples Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities
The Scoop: In 1995, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee started with 110 acres to allow former zoo and circus elephants to roam free. Over the last 25 years, The Sanctuary has grown with support from generous elephant lovers who offer funding, time, and attention to the organization. Today, The Sanctuary comprises more than 2,700 acres of free-range land and has provided shelter over the years to 28 elephants retired from zoos and circuses. While The Sanctuary invites some lucky couples to volunteer on-site, others can be part of the organization’s mission by hosting fundraisers, giving to the nonprofit, or supporting conservation causes around the world.