Elephants are in the news lately with the imminent retirement of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus elephants. Outcry from animal rights activists has led many city governments to forbid circus acts using elephants to perform in their locality. USA Today had the story on Friday. These elephants will be going to a 200-acre reserve in Central Florida to live out their lives in peace. While this will create the largest herd of Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere, did you know that The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, offers the largest animal rescue operation in the country?
The Elephant Sanctuary utilizes 2700 acres and has been providing a home for ill and elderly elephants for over 20 years. Their facilities have expanded as donations have made it possible. Both African and Asian elephants live in total peace at The Elephant Sanctuary; African elephants have a separate area designated as their own. None of the elephants are available for public viewing.
There are many opportunities, however, to watch the elephants through live cams on the website. There is a gift shop that is open to visitors which offers videos and more live web can interaction. The website is detailed and very interesting, even offering bios of the elephants, past and present.
The Elephant Sanctuary seeks to educate school children regarding the huge animals. As circus elephants become a thing of the past and zoos are often not available nearby, these educational efforts will become even more important. You may want to donate to this worthy cause. You can phone (931) 796-6500 or email: email@example.com.