October is Elephant Awareness Month

Elephant Sanctuary Press Release
Contact: Angela Spivey

Hohenwald, Tenn. – October 1, 2013 – In recognition of the commitment, perseverance, and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, the State of Tennessee, Lewis County, and the City of Hohenwald have declared October 2013 as Elephant Awareness Month. Governor Bill Haslam, Lewis County Mayor Van Ward, and Hohenwald City Mayor Johnny Clayton all signed official proclamations stating, “The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee continually sets and reaches goals to better the lives of all elephants worldwide.”

As part of its mission to educate the public about elephants, both in captivity and the wild, The Elephant Sanctuary opened its Welcome Center in downtown Hohenwald in 2010 and is developing an education gallery to be housed next door. Currently, visitors to the Welcome Center may enjoy Caregiver presentations and live elephant viewing via the 14 solar powered cameras (Elecams) installed throughout the elephant habitat.

The Elephant Sanctuary’s Welcome Center will be open during the Hohenwald Oktober Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 11 - 12. Visitors will be able to view artwork created for Elephant Awareness Month by Lewis County Elementary School second graders, which will also be displayed throughout the month during the Welcome Center’s hours of 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Thursday and Friday. A reception will be held for the second grade artists on both days from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 12th, The Sanctuary will celebrate the birthday of Billie, the 21st elephant to retire to the facility, by hosting a 5.1K fun run and birthday party. The fun run will kick off at 8:00 a.m. from the CB&S Bank parking lot in downtown Hohenwald and finish behind The Sanctuary’s Welcome Center. Following the run, the birthday party will be held in the Welcome Center from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The party will include cake, hands-on activities, live streaming video of the elephants in their habitat, and a presentation from Billie’s Caregivers at 2:30 p.m.

The Elephant Sanctuary also sponsors two classrooms annually through the Lewis County Schools Adopt-A-Class Program. This October, these classes are scheduled for field trips to The Sanctuary Welcome Center, where they will take part in an educational program. Additional programs and group visits can be scheduled by contacting Todd Montgomery, Education Manager, at todd@elephants.com or call 931-796-6500 ext. 101.

The Elephant Sanctuary encourages all citizens to observe October as Elephant Awareness Month by learning about and helping to raise awareness of these amazing, complex animals.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1995. For the past 17 years it has provided sanctuary to 24 elephants and garnered support from more than 100,000 members.  The Sanctuary operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tenn., about 85 miles southwest of Nashville, and has a staff of 30 with 14 current elephant residents. The Elephant Sanctuary operates as a true sanctuary and therefore is not open to the public, but does provide an Elecam on their website where visitors can watch live images of the elephants enjoying their natural habitat.  For more information, please visit www.elephants.com or call 931-796-6500.