The Elephant Discovery Center


 CLIENT The Elephant Sanctuary

LOCATION Hohenwald, TN 



The Elephant Sanctuary is a 2,700-acre refuge in Hohenwald, Tennessee, home to a herd of retired circus and zoo elephants. Since the sanctuary itself is not open to the public, H+R's exhibits at the multisensory Elephant Discovery Center provide an up-close encounter with the residents of this safe haven. Through immersive media programs featuring the elephants in their new home and interactives that explore daily life in the sanctuary, visitors (especially children and school groups) learn about the elephants while still allowing the elephants to truly enjoy their retirement. Interactive features include “communication stations” that use pushbutton-activated audio and custom illustration to interpret elephant calls and body language. One station even features subsonic elephant calls, not within the range of human hearing, but made visible as glass pellets vibrating on a timpani-like membrane. Flipbooks at each station convey the body postures and movements that elephants use to communicate, and also serve as an inexpensive take-home purchase available in the fully-integrated retail area. Learn more about the Discovery Center's outdoor exhibits here [link to Breezeway page]

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