Elephant Polo in Nepal2009-11-30–2010-12-04
It all started in 1961, when Briton Jim Edwards tired of his bank job in Stockholm and persuade constant Saab car factory to sponsor a long journey to Nepal. He moved to Nepal and soon he became a pioneer in eco-tourism. To get out in the jungle with tourists, he used elephants. Twenty years later, Edwards faced a successful horse polo enthusiast from Scotland, James Manclark, in a bar in St. Moritz, Switzerland. When Manclark after a few drinks realize that Edwards uses elephants at their hotel holdings, he hatches the idea to a whole new sport. Elephant Polo was born. The couple starts that night to sketch out a framework, but Edwards does not take it really seriously. Not until he, in 1982, just over a year later, receives a telegram from Manclark, which reads: "Arrives in Kathmandu next April. Have long sticks. Do the elephants ready. " In the beginning we used soccer balls, until the elephants discovered how fun it was to trample on them as they exploded. Ringo Starr, Billy Connoly and Sir Edmund Hillary, to name a few, have all played the World Championships in elephant polo.