The Elephant Sanctuary Discussed At Lawrenceburg Rotary

Todd Montgomery with The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald gave an informative presentation at the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club on Friday, May 10, 2024. Mr. Montgomery oversees The Sanctuary’s onsite and offsite volunteer program, internships, community partnerships, and general outreach. He has been with The Sanctuary since 2013. The Elephant Sanctuary provides refuge for retired zoo and circus elephants and exists to provide them with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being. The Sanctuary also educates the public on the complex needs of elephants and the crisis facing elephants in the wild. It is located on 3000 acres of land near Hohenwald.

The Sanctuary currently has twelve elephants in residence. Mr. Montgomery described the life of Billie, an elephant that was captured in the wild at an early age and spent years in a circus. She had become “a difficult animal” and her owners were no longer able to use her in their show. She was transferred to The Sanctuary which, through patience and enlightened care, has enabled her to become more social with other elephants and interactions with her caregivers. Billie is now 62 years old.

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Rotarian Bill Phillips introduced the program.


Photo Caption (Left to Right): Rotary Secretary Maria Santini, Todd Montgomery with The Elephant Sanctuary, and Rotary President Tiffany Cope.