Here’s something that will make you smile: The elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee are having the best summer ever.
More than 7 million people watched to see the elephant Flora rolling around in the mud. She’s one of 10 elephants at the sanctuary in Hohenwald, about 80 miles southwest of Nashville.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is the largest elephant sanctuary in North America.
Another viral video showing how elephants can benefit from exercise – just like humans! Except, with an average height of 9 to 10 feet and anywhere from 6,000 to 13,000 pounds, they can definitely raise a little more.
Sukari, an African elephant, had no problem carrying the 351-pound tire through the habitat. Did you know that African elephants have been known to weigh up to 700 pounds or the weight of a grand piano?
One of the duties of the on-site caretakers is to ensure the elephants maintain strong trunks, bodies, and minds. This is done to place hay under large tires to encourage them to use their trunks to lift the tires before eating.
While the sanctuary is closed to public visitors, elephant lovers can follow their favorite animals via webcam or by visiting the Elephant Discovery Center in downtown Hohenwald. You can also stay up to keep up with happenings at the reserve by following its Facebook page.
It is also the only elephant sanctuary duly recognized by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and the Association for Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Those wishing to donate to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee can do so here.