Tenzing Bodosa of Assam, India
Tenzing’s tea farms are havens of biodiversity, including endangered Asian elephants moving back and forth with the seasons across the international border between India and the Kingdom of Bhutan. Elephants use the tea gardens as corridors between the forested Bhutan hills, patches of native forests and grasslands on the India side, and water sources. With no fencing or drainage ditches to block their movement, the elephants can move freely, even in large herds. No man-made chemicals are used on the land, and the water and vegetation pose no health risks to elephants. Even the tea farm workers are encouraged to allow elephants to move through the plantation undisturbed, which helps reduce human-elephant conflicts.