Elephants are one of the world’s most intelligent creatures and manifest a wide variety of behaviors, including self-awareness, compassion, grief, and even altruism—there have been countless records of elephants helping other animals (including humans) in distress.
Elephants are wildlife — not entertainers.
Over 75% of elephants (2,193 out of the 2,923 surveyed elephants) are living in poor, unacceptable conditions at venues offering elephant rides, one of the most popular tourist activities in Asian countries. These elephants are forced through a process known as “Elephant Crushing”, an extreme form of restraint using chains and small, disproportionately sized cages. Despite being extremely social creatures, they have limited social interaction and are forced to perform stressful show activities while receiving remarkably inadequate nutrition.
Elephant Nature Park has become a home for distressed elephants from all over Thailand. In the 1990's, ENP Founder Lek Chailert set out on a mission to provide a sanctuary for forgotten animals. Today, the park provides a much needed refuge for elephants, dogs, cats, birds, and my other rescued animals.
With a love and respect for her country’s national symbol, and the knowledge that they were becoming endangered, Lek began advocating for the rights and welfare of the Asian elephants in Thailand. In an industry steeped in tradition, advocating for positive change in the ways domestic and wild Asian elephants are treated has not been an easy battle. However, with hard work and determination her voice is now internationally recognized. In addition to several documentaries produced by National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and the BBC, Lek has also won many honorary awards.
Katz Coffee is hosting a special screening of the independent documentary Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story at the River Oaks Theatre. We invite you to join us for an evening of hope, inspiration, and support.
This event is in partnership with ENP Coffee Co., Serengeti Foundation, and Elephant Nature Park. All proceeds will be donated to support the mission of Elephant Nature Park to rescue and rehabilitate Asian elephants and give them a forever sanctuary.
Our community goal is to raise enough money to set a captive Elephant free onto the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Please help us meet this goal.
HOW THE EVENT WORKS
Click Register to secure tickets and goodies through various donation amounts
A $20 donation will get you a single ticket, $20=1 ticket, $40= 2 tickets, $60=3 tickets etc.
Add-on donation amounts get you exclusive swag that would be picked up the night of the screening at check in. Items may also be purchased at the event.
+$480 gets you 2 cups, 12 month subscription to ENP Coffee of the Month Club, 2 Totes & Exclusive items from Elephant Nature Park. *DOES NOT INCLUDE TICKETS TO FILM*
There are also options for donations only, for those that can’t attend but want to show their support - simply click 'Donations'
LET'S SAVE AN ELEPHANT HOUSTON!
LEAD RESCUER DONOR LEVEL- $50,000
Are you ready to go on a once in a lifetime journey to freedom? To experience the new life that comes with chains being lifted?
Our “Lead Rescuer” donor is given the unique opportunity to rescue an Asian elephant from captivity and bring it to a safe home at Elephant Nature Park. You will travel with internationally recognized conservationist and Elephant Nature Park founder, Lek Chailert, to rescue the elephant you purchased. The bond formed during this rescue is unmatched and you will witness firsthand the powerful emotions that accompany a life being transformed.
You will ride with the elephant out of its old life and walk side by side as he takes his first steps in a new home that is filled with love and care.
The donation includes two business class tickets to the quaint northern city of Chiang Mai. Forty minutes north of Chiang Mai is Elephant Nature Park. Accommodations will include 7 nights in the park’s charming bungalows and a breakfast, lunch, and dinner vegan buffet. You will be able to witness your elephants first moments in its new home.
10 Tickets to the screening, a goodie bag with ENP items, exclusive items from Elephant Nature Park, a copy of the film Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story, Signed Movie Poster and more!
The cost of purchasing an elephant out of captivity
2 Business Class Roundtrip Tickets
Up to 7 Night Stay at Elephant Nature Park
Options to travel to other ENP projects around Thailand
Contact Celina Sandoval at Katz Coffee 713.864.3338 email@example.com if you would like to make this donation.