Here’s a trivia question. How many elephants currently reside in Tennessee? I don’t know the precise number, but it’s at least 11. That’s the population of The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, which provides a 2,700-acre home for retired circus and zoo elephants. One of the organization’s stated goals is to give the animals “the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being.”
Since the focus is on what’s best of for the elephants, their habitats are off limits to the public. Fortunately, for those who have a deep fascination with these magnificent creatures, there are elecams. Even better, DBRL has arranged a special opportunity to make a visit from the comfort of your own home.
On March 3, World Wildlife Day, we will host A Virtual Visit to The Elephant Sanctuary. A member of their education team will be on hand to give us a glimpse into daily life at the Sanctuary, educate us about the needs of elephants in captivity and the wild, and to answer our pressing elephant-related questions. Register to get the link for this Zoom program.
Meanwhile, you don’t have to wait for the big day in order to fill your life with elephant goodness. Check out some of these titles available from DBRL.
“Last Chain on Billie” exposes the cruel treatment experienced by many circus elephants in the United States. Carol Bradley tells the story one mistreated (but eventually rescued) animal in the context of a larger history. Billie currently resides at The Elephant Sanctuary.
Francoise Malby-Anthony and her husband, Lawrence Anthony, fulfilled their dream of establishing a game preserve in South Africa in 1998. In “An Elephant in My Kitchen,” Francoise shares her experience of being left with sole responsibility for the whole operation after her husband’s unexpected death in 2012, taking on the actual care of the animals and handling run-ins with poachers. Along the way, she learned valuable lessons from her elephant encounters.
“Nature’s Great Race” is a thrilling visual journey, following the epic migrations of wildlife on multiple continents — including African elephants — through all sorts of weather and terrain.
For more elephant-related resources, see our catalog list.