VIP Program

2024 VIP TOUR dates:  may 11 & september 28

The Sanctuary's VIP Program offers the opportunity to gain a deepened understanding of our mission and the complex needs of elephants. By making a commitment of $10,000 or above, you help ensure the lifetime care of elephants currently living at The Sanctuary and those to come. With the fulfillment of your commitment, you and one guest will receive an invitation to meet staff and join a behind-the-scenes tour of The Sanctuary.

Your VIP commitment helps The Sanctuary to provide safe haven and individualized care for the elephants in our care. To date, this program has helped to:

  • Expand to 3,060 acres
  • Build state-of-the-art African and Asian elephant barns
  • Install 20 miles of fencing
  • Continue to recruit, hire, and train additional Caregivers
  • Purchase buildings in downtown Hohenwald for The Elephant Sanctuary’s Elephant Discovery Center
  • Establish endowments for resident elephants

We invite you to become a VIP Member and receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of The Sanctuary by making a commitment of support of $2,000 or more every year for five years.

In keeping with our mission, the elephants are not put on exhibit. If VIP Members are fortunate to see elephants at a distance in the habitat, that will be an unscheduled added bonus. A VIP may bring one guest on the tour. (The entire commitment must be met before scheduling a tour.)

We have room for approximately 22 people on each tour, and names will be placed on the reservations list on a first come first-served basis. Please note: Tour participants must be able to walk up to ½ mile unassisted over rough, uneven terrain. Participants must be able to stand in unshaded areas, sometimes in extreme heat.

If you would prefer not to make your initial gift online, please contact Lorenda Rochelle, Donor & VIP Programs Manager at 931-796-6500 ext. 105 or to receive a downloadable form that you may mail or fax to:

PO Box 393 Hohenwald, TN 38462
Fax: 931.796.1360

For additional information, please contact Lorenda Rochelle, Donor & VIP Programs Manager at 931-796-6500 ext. 105 or

September 23, 2023 May 11, 2024


What safety protocols are the sanctuary taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? All VIP members, their guests and participating staff must submit proof of vaccination prior to the VIP Day experience. Masks will be worn indoors and outdoors where social distancing is not feasible.


The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee’s Board has set aside unrestricted financial operational reserves of five times its budgeted expenses to ensure the lifetime care and safe haven for an undetermined number of elephants. Elephants have an expected life span of 50 – 70 years and The Sanctuary is committed to providing food, shelter, veterinary care, medicine, Caregivers, property maintenance and security. These funds, along with the public’s continuing support are needed to provide for the elephants currently in our care and for those that will come to The Sanctuary.

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