Imagine you are an elephant. You are poached from the wilds of Asia or Africa and shipped to the United States. You live a life of solitary confinement, in a cage with a heavy chain wrapped around your ankle and are forced to perform tricks for the entertainment of onlookers. You live in constant fear and uncertainty. Such is the life of many Asiatic and African elephants found in zoos and circuses across the country.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee provides 2,700 acres of rolling, natural habitat and a 25-acre spring-fed lake where sick, old and needy elephants can once again walk the earth in peace and dignity. The Sanctuary keeps tabs on the nearly 600 captive elephants in the US and monitors their condition and circumstances, stepping in on their behalf and providing care and refuge whenever possible.