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Celebrate Valentine’s Day Early for the Love of Elephants!

Join us for Elephant Friendly Tea Tasting and Visual Storytelling in Bend, Oregon February 6, 2018 7-8 pm at The Environmental Center. This event is sponsored by the University of Montana Broader Impacts Group, the Wildlife.  Friendly Enterprise Network, and Bend, Oregon’s very own Metolius Artisan Teas.  Metolius Artisan Teas is the first Oregon-based company to source Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea, and they wholesale tea to a long list of fine establishments, so we expect to see Elephant Friendly Tea soon becoming available in a number of locations (see our Where to Buy section on this web site, we will keep you posted!).

Metolius Artisan Tea staff will be on hand at this event to serve samples of their new Elephant Friendly line of fine black tea sourced from the world’s first Certified Elephant Friendly tea plantation in Assam, India.  Bring your own tea cup or mug and save a tree!  Certified Elephant Friendly is always pesticide and herbicide free!

University of Montana’s Lisa Mills and local Bend resident Marina Richie will be presenting a slide show of elephants and the story behind the Elephant Friendly movement, and how this project that is beginning to fund the restoration of elephant corridors and reduces human-elephant conflict was established.  Learn about the natural history of Asian elephants and what is being done to reduce the impact of human activity on their populations, which are now facing the risk of extinction in the wild within this century.   Learn how you can help stop the decline of elephant populations by the simple act of drinking a cup of tea!

Valentine gift packs of tea will be available for purchase- give the gift of conservation to someone you care about!  A tree will be planted with the profits from each sale!

Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea is now available on Amazon!



Sipping tea is an act of conservation, at least when it comes to sipping Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea!  One of the authorized sellers of Certified Elephant FriendlyTM has launched a new line of teas on Amazon!

Click here to order tea on Amazon

A Colorado company, Twin Trunks Tea Company, is making it easy to buy Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea even if you don’t live near a retail store that carries certified tea.  Their new line of whole leaf premium tea, Himalayan Green Tea and Himalayan Black Assam Tea,  featuring 100% Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea,  was launched this month.  Get your tea on and save elephants!


Meet Tenzing, First Certified Farmer

The first Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea plantation has recently been certified under a pilot project for Small Tea Plantations.  Tenzing of Assam, India, has achieved “Certified Elephant FriendlyTM” status and his plantation will serve as a learning site for tea growers who aim to learn how to attain Elephant FriendlyTM Certification.

Learn more about Tenzing and his tea farms at his page.

Join the Herd at the World Tea Expo

Monday, June 12, 2017 marks the start of the premier tradeshow and conference for specialty and premium teas: the World Tea Expo.  The Expo is a four-day event geared toward the producers, sellers, and buyers of high quality teas.  This year, the event will be held in Las Vegas, NV June 12 through 15.  Lisa Mills of the University of Montana will represent the Elephant FriendlyTM Tea Program at the Expo.

At the World Tea Expo, University of Montana will staff a booth in the exhibitors’ hall where they will share information about Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea, a partnership between the University of Montana and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.  The booth is sponsored by Lake Missoula Tea Company, the first business to offer Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea for sale.  As a product that has the potential to positively affect tea growing communities in elephant habitat and wild elephant populations, Lisa expects it will be well-received by attendees of the Expo.

Since the 1800’s, tea plantations have replaced forests and grasslands, which in turn has significantly reduced the natural vegetation available to elephants.  The methods used in conventional tea production can also impact globally endangered elephants in other ways the public is likely not aware.  In addition, tea plantations can become “hotspots” of human-elephant conflict as elephants move through these areas in search of resources.

“Our goal at the World Tea Expo is to educate tea producers, tea sellers, and tea consumers about the impacts of tea on wild elephants, and introduce an innovative partnership that marries innovative enterprise with conservation to help save globally endangered elephants,” Lisa said.

At the Expo, tea company representatives will have the opportunity to chat with Lisa about how growers can achieve certification as Elephant FriendlyTM Tea producers.  Information will be available about the certification criteria, certification costs, and marketing of certified tea.  Lisa expects a strong interest from tea growers, as a percentage of the sales of certified tea will support human-elephant conflict reduction and habitat conservation in areas where the tea was grown.  The U.S. market for tea is growing in recent years, and there is growing interest amongst consumers to make a positive difference with their purchases.

Expo booth visitors will learn how Elephant FriendlyTM Tea makes a difference for endangered elephants, try a sample of certified tea, and learn how they can order certified tea.

“We know that the future of wildlife rests in the hands of humans, and that globally endangered elephants have caught the world’s attention and affection,” Lisa said.  She suspects that changing the way tea is produced will be well-received by tea consumers and growers alike.  “We expect this to be a win-win for people and the planet!”

Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea provides an easy way to support conservation of elephants, simply by drinking tea.  “Globally endangered elephants need our help,” Lisa said, “and what better place than the world’s premier tea event to introduce the world to Certified Elephant FriendlyTM Tea?”