By Naturenomics Team
Thu, 10/20/2016 - 04:37
Ever since I found out elephant polo was a thing, about ten years ago, I’ve wanted to go. How could I not? The sport sounded like pure silly fun, and it’s all done (in Thailand, at least) for a very good cause. This year, the annual King’s Cup Tournament, which has been sponsored by Anantara for 14 years, was held for the first time in Bangkok.
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By Naturenomics Team
Thu, 10/20/2016 - 04:17
It is billed as Bangkok’s Ascot, an event of pomp and pageantry that attracts leading international polo players to the banks of the Chao Praya river for one of the biggest charitable events in south east Asia. But rather than thoroughbred horses thundering across the pitch, this event is played by competitors riding atop the four-ton might of the Asian elephant in a version of the sport dreamed up by two Britons 1982. Supporter of Thailand’s Elephant Polo King’s Cup insist that welfare of the animals is paramount during the tournament and note that that has raised $1 million (£700,000) for projects to protect Asia’s largest land mammal.
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By Naturenomics Team
Thu, 08/25/2016 - 09:17

Elephant polo is a variant of polo played while riding elephants. It is played in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Rajasthan (India), andThailand. England and Scotland regularly field teams. Equipment consists of a standard polo ball and six to ten foot cane (similar to bamboo) sticks with a polo mallet head on the end. The pitch is three-quarters of the length of a standard polo pitch, due to the slower speed of the elephants. Two people ride each elephant; the elephants are steered by mahouts, while the player tells the mahout which way to go and hits the ball.

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