Anantara Joins the Elephant Parade
The first major Elephant Parade was held in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2007 and has since been exhibited in cities across the world including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Milan, and Hong Kong. Elephant Parade Bangkok will be a first for Thailand.
Founder Marc Spits and his son Mike came up with the unique event after a visit to the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand, which treats sick and injured elephants. During that visit, they fell for Mosha, a baby elephant who lost her leg after stepping on a landmine when only seven months old and was the first elephant to receive a prosthetic limb. Mosha gets a new leg every year, and each time must learn to walk all over again. Mosha features in each Elephant Parade exhibition and will have a specially Thai themed painted prosthetic leg for the Bangkok Parade.
Artists from all walks of life have designed elephants in support of elephant care and conservation. Famous supporters of Elephant Parade Bangkok include: Hangover 2 star Nirut Sirichanya; Furious 7 star Tony Jaa, designer Paul Smith, Top DJ Hardwell, and Thailand World beauty queen Sirinya Bishop.
In February 2016 a selection of elephants from the parade will be auctioned off at a charity gala dinner at Anantara Siam Bangkok. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. The foundation will find fund a range of sustainable programs that benefit the elephants of Thailand, including Wildlife Alliance, Freeland, WildAid, Think Elephants, and Thai Elephant Therapy Project.
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