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The Creation of Elephant Polo

Aug 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Where on earth would you come up with the idea for playing polo on elephants? Well, in a bar -- where else? Although it is believed that the maharajas in early India had ladies in their harems ride in sedan chairs on tops of elephants and take swats at polo balls, it was not the serious sport that it has become today. Moreover, the maharajas likely came up with the idea to keep the ladies amused and provide themselves brief respites from their own harem duties. It all came together in the winter of 1982 when Jim Edwards, owner of...

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The Soul of Bangkok

Aug 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Recently, The Bangkok Post published an article entitled Feeling Sold Down the Chao Phraya River which featured an eighty-four-year old lady named Khun Orasri Silpi recounting her memories of life by the river and how three government sponsored projects will entirely change the river-scape of Bangkok. The projects include an 8.5-mile promenade along the river, an observation tower, and a pedestrian bridge across the river. The author's perspective only began in 1968 but the river and Bangkok have been a big part of my life since then.By way of background, the Chao Phraya River is formed by the Nan and...

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The Fourth Annual Elephant Story Invitational Elephant Polo Tournament in Moo Baan Chang, Thailand

Jul 19, 2017 | 0 comments

The Elephant Story Invitational Elephant Polo tournament in Moo Baan Chang (the elephant village) in Baan Ta Klang, Surin,Thailand came to a successful close on July 1. The Elephant Story mob went a day early to select the elephants for the tournament from the 300 elephants in the nearby villages.  Rest assured, we were only trying out the elephants and not practicing that day. The Elephant Story team did take a spiritual edge from a blessing given by the Buddhist Abbot in the village. The tournament began the next day with the elephant blessing for the strong elephants and the...

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News from Moo Baan Chang, Surin, Thailand

Jan 09, 2017 | 0 comments

Several people have asked what is going on in our special village which caused us to prepare a brief update covering several topics. First of all, you should know that life is pretty peaceful there as the image below indicates-plenty of rain, great rice crop and, therefore, everything is "sabaay maak" (Thai for "tranquil" like your mind following meditation). The elephants can take a rest from farming and enjoy a special treat in an enhanced diet which will be covered below. Moreover, the elephants are prospering and adding offspring. Further, The Elephant Story together with The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant...

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Elephant Images from Ayutthaya

Dec 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Our friends and elephant lovers, Claire Davidson and Rod Mabin, just returned from a photo shoot in Ayutthaya, Thailand.  Ayutthaya, the second historic capital of Thailand, was formed in 1350 and was attacked and razed by the Burmese in 1767.  It was never rebuilt, as the capital moved south to the Bangkok area, though it remains a site for anthropologic remains and a home for a number of domesticated elephants. We thought we would share some of their fantastic images. The historic setting of Ayutthaya which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Claire is warming up one of her subjects....

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