Asian elephants have declined at least 50 percent in the past 75 years, with fewer than 50,000 wild elephants struggling to find food, water and shelter among some of the most populated places on the planet. Few tea drinkers know the cost of tea production to Asian Elephants. But you can do your bit and ensure your cup of tea aids conservation.
Introducing Wild Tea from the first certified tea farmer, Tenzing Bodoza of Assam, India, a state bordering the country of Bhutan. Unlike conventional tea plantations, on his farm there are no electrified fences to block the passage of elephants along ancient routes or pose electrocution risks. There are no steep-sided ditches to trap elephant calves too young to cross over them safely. Bodoza encourages the great animals to wander through tea rows, knowing the plants are inedible to them. There, they feast on native trees and shrubs that Tenzing plants and maintains for them. To safeguard workers, he's built housing on stilts.
This smooth tea has been described as having notes of Sweet Molasses, Raisin and Citrus. Elephant Friendly™ is a joint effort between the University of Montana in association with the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network™, and we at Wild Kaapi® are thrilled to be the first company to retail Elephant Friendly™ Wild Tea™ in India!