Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas has confirmed
the dates of the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament for 2013.
charitable event, now in its twelfth year, has to date raised over
US$600,000 to help Thailand’s elephants. This year’s event will be
held in the Thai royal seaside town of Hua Hin from 28 August to 1
Last year’s tournament featured 12 teams encompassing over
40 players, including German royals, Prince Carl-Eugen
Oettingen-Wallerstein, his wife Princess Anna, three New Zealand
All-Blacks and Thailand’s famous transgender cabaret
team Miss Tiffany’s.
Fundraising from last year’s event
has, to date, been donated to a number of projects in Thailand.
The first is to continue to support research and clinics using
elephants in therapy sessions for children in Thailand living with
autism. Last year saw the research to date published and a
continuation of the free clinics for Thai children is planned. In
February the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF),
based at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa, will host a ‘positive reinforcement training’ workshop with
traditional elephant trainers from throughout South East Asia,
guided by world renowned trainer Dr Gerardo Martinez and featuring
guest speakers from Thai Universities. This will be the first time positive reinforcement training for elephants will be introduced
and discussed on a large scale in the range states. GTAEF’s work
with Thailand’s wild herd has continued with Human Elephant
Conflict mitigation and partial sponsorship of the Wild Elephant
Counting Week in Kui Buri Royal Project area.
“One of the
main aims of this event is to take as many elephants off the
streets of Thailand as possible during the event. Last year we
were able to take over forty street elephants and make sure they
were properly fed, and received vitamins and veterinary care while
at the event,” said Mr. Bill Heinecke, CEO Minor International and
owner of Anantara. “We must never forget the true meaning of
holding this event and that is to raise awareness and as much
money as possible towards the conservation and welfare of
Thailand’s elephant population.”
HD Videos from the 2012 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament.
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