Get your tissues ready. Smithsonian Channel announced on Wednesday (March 24) that Cher & The Loneliest Elephant is arriving to small screens soon.
The emotional documentary featuring the iconic award-winning singer-actress and Kaavan the elephant is set to arrive on streaming service Paramount+ on the very fitting Earth Day (April 22), which was founded in 1970 to bring awareness to protecting the environment, and has led to the EPA, the Endangered Species Acts, and more. The documentary will also later premiere on Smithsonian Channel May 19 at 8 p.m. ET.
The documentary follows Cher as works to help save Kaavan, the “world’s loneliest elephant.” Kaavan spent decades chained up and living in horrid conditions in Pakistan. Veterinarians diagnosed him with depression, psychosis, malnourishment and obesity. His suffering eventually led to a social media campaign to free him.
“I saw all the people being affected by it all over the world,” Cher said in a statement. “People want a happy ending. People don’t want to see animals suffer. And I know people are suffering too, but this is a story that can brighten their lives.”
Cher’s journey included a trip to Pakistan — in the midst of the pandemic — over the Thanksgiving holiday to help ensure Kaavan’s safe departure from a zoo to a Cambodian sanctuary. “I was frightened, but then I thought, ‘What do you want to do more?'” Cher said in a statement. “‘You made a promise, and you have to go.’ I didn’t see any other way to do it. I have a saying on my Twitter, ‘Stand and be counted or sit and be nothing.’ And I wasn’t going to sit and be nothing.”
Besides stepping up for animals in need, Cher has been helping in other ways during the pandemic. In May, she released her cover of the Spanish version of ABBA’s “Chiquitita” — which premiered during UNICEF’s virtual special — and donated the proceeds. She also created CherCares Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative to distribute $1 million to “chronically neglected and forgotten people” during the pandemic.
But that wasn’t all. The star also attempted to help the United States Postal Service in August last year ahead of the presidential election. With then president Donald Trump refusing to to provide financial aid during the USPS crisis, there was concern that mail-in ballots would not be delivered in a timely manner. Cher’s suggestion? To volunteer at USPS.
She tweeted about her attempts to reach out to Malibu post offices to find out how she could donate her time to them, but learned that USPS does not accept volunteers.
Follow Cher’s journey to help free Kaavan when Cher & The Loneliest Elephant premieres on Paramount+ April 22, and Smithsonian Channel May 19. Watch the teaser below: