Visit The Elephant Sanctuary's Welcome Center

The Elephant Sanctuary habitat is not open to the public.

**The Welcome Center will be closed for the holidays on Dec 25-26 and January 1**

All of our Girls are retired from zoos and circuses where they lived their lives on exhibit to the public. To ensure minimal intrusion on the sanctity of their Sanctuary, the elephant habitat is not open to the public. The Elephant Sanctuary is, however, dedicated to educating the public about these amazing animals in our care.

The staff and volunteers at the Welcome Center invite the public to stop by located 4 miles from the elephant habitat on Main Street in Hohenwald. The Welcome Center features:

  • Videos of our Girls
  • Monthly Caregiver presentations
  • Photo exhibit featuring the Sanctuary residents
  • The Elephant Sanctuary Gift Shop offers a full line of our Sanctuary merchandise—all proceeds directly benefit the elephants in our care.

While at the Welcome Center, visitors may also access our network of 13 cameras (Elecam System) which are strategically placed throughout all three habitats, and enjoy live streaming video of the Girls in their natural environment without intruding on their Sanctuary. The staff and volunteers welcome everyone to visit and learn about our Girls and their lives in Sanctuary.

The Welcome Center is located at:

27 East Main Street
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Hours of Operation:

Thursdays       11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fridays            11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Select Saturdays only: Caregiver presentations are made on select Saturdays each month.

Group presentations are available by appointment throughout the week. For more information please call Lorenda Rochelle at 931-796-6500 ext. 105.


Caregiver Presentations

On the third Saturday of each month, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcome Center is open to the public and will host a presentation from Sanctuary staff at 2:30. Visitors will also have a chance to visit our Gift Shop, watch live streaming video of our Elephants, and visit with Sanctuary Staff.

Saturday, September 20
“Sissy and Winkie ~ Sanctuary Sisters”
Family friendly activities from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Presentation at 2:30

Sissy and Winkie both retired to The Elephant Sanctuary in 2000. Upon meeting in their new Sanctuary home, the two became fast friends…and they haven’t been apart since.

Come to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcome Center on Saturday, Sept 16 to learn all about how this friendship has helped make the Sanctuary what it is today!

Saturday, October 11
Billie’s Birthday 5K and Fun Run
“Last Chain on Billie”

Race is at 8 AM,
Welcome Center is open from 10 AM until 4:00 PM


October is Elephant Awareness month in Tennessee.

October 10th and 11th is the Hohenwald/Lewis County Oktober Heritage Festival.

October 11th is also the date for the second annual Billie’s Birthday 5K and Fun Run, held in our Billie’s honor. It will be followed in that afternoon with a presentation about Last Chain on Billie: How One Elephant Escaped the Big Top. The link will be posted on our homepage to register for race.


Saturday, November 15
“EleHistory ~ From Mammoths to Our Girls”

Family friendly activities from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Presentation at 3:30

Mastodons, wooly mammoths, African and Asian elephants, are all part of the same family tree.

Join us on the 15th to learn more about some of our Girls’ ancient relatives, and how the animal we know today as the elephant came to be.



Saturday, December 20
“2014 at The Elephant Sanctuary”

Family friendly activities from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Presentation at 3:30

We’ll take a look back at all the accomplishments and what we have learned from 2014.

It will be a celebration….and a warm up for our 20th anniversary in 2015!