Anantara’s Annual King’s Cup Raises Millions For Thailand’s Elephants

Mahout having a moment with his elephant

The elephant buffet

The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, now in its 14th year, took place by the river in Bangkok for the 1st time and as always showcased skillful play and many memorable on-pitch moments.

A total of 20 ex-street elephants took part in this year’s tournament, during which time they received full veterinary checks from the Zoological Parks Organisation of Thailand and the Department of Livestock Development. In addition, all elephants were given essential vitamins, food and care which are not available to them during their normal daily lives.

The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in the Kingdom.

With a colourful opening parade, Children’s Day, Ladies Day and lots of on pitch action with players including the New Zealand All Blacks rugby players and Miss Thailand the annual charity event was once again a resounding success, raising funds that now total over $1,000,000 for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population.


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