Visit The Elephant Sanctuary's Welcome Center

The Elephant Sanctuary habitat is not open to the public.

All of the 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 Presentations by Staff about the elephants
  • 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 (Elecams) 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

Presentations are made on select Saturdays each month. Group presentations available by appointment throughout the week.

For more information, contact 931-796-6500 ext: 101 or email


Public Presentations
On selected Saturdays of each month, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcome Center is open to the public and will host a presentation from Sanctuary staff or other special guests. Visitors will also have a chance to visit our Gift Shop, watch live-streaming video of the elephants in The Sanctuary habitat and interact with staff.

The Welcome Center will be open 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (except where otherwise noted) on the following Saturdays this summer:
June 13 (Note: The Welcome Center will be open 1:00-4:00 this day)
July 18
August 15

Welcome Center Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcome Center
27 E. Main Street, Downtown Hohenwald
Presentation at 3:30 PM
Open 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Summer Enrichment for the Elephants

Just as we humans head to the cooling “waterholes” in the summertime, the elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary head for the ponds, the creeks;, the mud-holes and the lake in their sanctuary habitats. This summer-time environmental enrichment comes in various forms from dirt piles to home-made popscicles, watermelon and banana leaves.

Come enjoy the conversation with Sanctuary Staff and the videos of The Big Girls as each day offers enrichment in their lives.

Visitors can visit our Gift Shop, watch live streaming video of our Elephants and interact with Sanctuary Staff. As a true Sanctuary, the elephant habitat is closed to the public.