Saturday, February 21, 2009

And They Loaded Up Their Trunks And They Moved To Tennessee...

Tennessee..... images of Elvis

Country Music

Great Smoky Mountains

Grand Ole Opry

Elephants ....????

Did you know, we have elephants here in Tennessee ?

The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. It is a non-profit organization, licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants who have been retired from zoos and circuses. Utilizing more than 2700 acres, it provides three separate and protected, natural-habitat environments for Asian and African elephants. Our residents are not required to perform or entertain for the public; instead, they are encouraged to live like elephants.

As a true sanctuary, The Elephant Sanctuary is not intended to provide entertainment. Patron-level donors are invited to tour the facility through our VIP Pledge Program, but the Sanctuary is closed to the general public. Education, however, represents a key component of the Sanctuary's ongoing mission. Since its inception, the Sanctuary's outreach program has taught thousands of school children around the globe a respect for wildlife while learning about the endangered Asian elephant.

Learn more about the Howenwald Elephant Sanctuary :
The Elephant Sanctuary : Hohenwald Tennessee

The Animal Odd Couple : Tarra and Bella

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau


Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful talk about our state, Josephine. That cute video about the elephant made the rounds through email this week.. SO precious!!!

I didn't know --until I saw that video that there was an elephant sanctuary in Howenwald. Isn't that amazing?

We have new computers--and have spent most of today getting them all set up. It will probably take another day or two. BUT-they are WONDERFUL--and faster than lightning.

Have a great Sunday.

Carol Murdock said...

Hey, Josephine, yes I've been there
and it is amazing what they are doing for these animals.
Hugs, Carol

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Betsy, I've been meaning to post about the elephants for some time now... I hadn't seen the video before this evening.
I can't say enough, about these caring and dedicated animal lovers, if I could....I would volunteer to help !
Good news about the new "confusers"

Carol, how lucky are you girlfriend ?
What an amazing place the Santuary must be, I would imagine you can feel the souls of these old elephants..

donna baker said...

Oh Josephine, that broke my heart. Thank God for people who help things that have no voice.

George said...

That's a great video and quite a story. If Tarra and Bella can get along so well, why can't people? Thanks for a great post about Tennessee.

Jerry in Tampa said...

WOW Josephine - what an incredibly interesting blog! I love all the images! I found you through Betsy and I am glad I did! I will be back!


Jerry in Tampa

DeniseinVA said...

Absolutely fantastic! What a great story. Thanks for sharing it.

Beverly said...

Hi, I just found you and cannot figure where you settled to....I am from Memphis...