The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) was formed in 1982 at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge the Chitwan National Park in southwest Nepal. The first games were played on a grass airfield in Meghauly which is located on the edge of the National Park. The co-founders, James Manclark, a Scottish landowner and former Olympic tobbogan racer, and Jim Edwards, owner of Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge and Chairman of the Tiger Mountain Group, came up with the idea in a bar in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where they were members of the Cresta Club.
The Nikkei Asian Review's Gwen Robinson meets the people who organize elephant polo matches at a sanctuary in northern Thailand, where the sport has become one of the best ways to promote conservation. (featuring Ed Story, founder of The Elephant Story and John Roberts, Director of Elephants, Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF)
March 27, 2015