Welcome

to The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee exists to:

– provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being

– educate the public of the complex needs of elephants in captivity and the crisis facing elephants in the wild.

The elephants' habitats are closed to the public.

The Sanctuary is currently home to 11 elephants retired from zoos and circuses, many of whom suffer long-term health and behavioral issues common to elephants that have spent their lives in captivity. The Sanctuary employs a fully integrated team of veterinarians and caregivers who provide high-quality care by using positive reinforcement and protected contact to safely meet the needs of each elephant in our care.

The Sanctuary is licensed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Gifting an Elephant Adoption: like we adopted Billi (images shown above)

By adopting an elephant with a donation of £50 or more, you become a partner in The Sanctuary's efforts to provide the gift of home, herd, rest, refuge, and individualized care for life.

Adopt an Elephant donors receive:

  • a Certificate of Adoption, including a photo and bio detailing the amazing story of your “adoptee”
  • monthly EleNews email updates
  • the most recent issue of our triannual newsletter, Trunklines
  • eligibility to apply for a Volunteer Day at The Elephant Sanctuary
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated

For a unique gift to celebrate special days, or to express sympathy and cherished memories, consider making an Adopt an Elephant donation to The Elephant Sanctuary “In Honor” or “In Memory” of a loved person or pet.

When you make a gift on behalf of another, benefits related to this gift (outlined above) will be directed to you to pass along to the person you wish to receive the dedication/gift (your "Honoree").

This change has been made recently to ensure that The Sanctuary is not storing or collecting information about any individual without their express consent, in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

If your honoree wishes, they may opt themselves into additional communications from The Sanctuary.

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