Jumbos for Jumbos: Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance

Jumbo Statue on Tufts campusTime is Running Out

One of the most urgent wildlife conservation crises is the poaching of elephants for the international illegal ivory trade. If poaching continues at current rates, wild elephants will be driven to extinction within a decade.

Losing the African elephant would have particular resonance for Tufts. Over the decades, the elephant – its strength, wisdom, and sheer awesomeness – has become our guardian pachyderm and the inspiration for many university initiatives.

Please support our work by donating to
the TECA Fund
(see below)

The Solution

Recognizing the importance of elephants both globally as a keystone species and uniquely to Tufts University’s legacy, a multi-disciplinary group of faculty members from across the university have formed J2: Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance (TECA). TECA has identified priority activities in research, scholarship, outreach, and teaching with the goal of shaping a transdisciplinary strategy for rescuing elephant populations. Our goal is to achieve tangible outcomes that will advance elephant conservation, as well as educate the university and community at large.

Why Tufts?

Saving elephants from extinction demands an understanding of the complex biophysical, sociocultural, and political landscapes in which the elephant poaching crisis is occurring, and the collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and multi-sector approaches that are required to successfully address it. Tufts University is uniquely positioned for such a research challenge. Together, our campuses provide the broad expertise this problem requires with scholars in human and veterinary medicine, environmental sciences, engineering, public health, diplomacy, conflict studies, urban planning, economics, and epidemiology.  More on Tufts’ role

Tufts Elephant Stories

TECA in the news.

Support Our Work

Join Jumbos for Jumbos in the race for elephant survival. Read about TECA projects.

Events and Opportunities

Learn about elephant-related activities at Tufts and beyond.

What your gift to TECA can do

Every gift we receive will make a Jumbo difference.  We’re taking the herd approach and want you to participate at any level that works for you.  Here are examples of the work your collective gifts could support:

  • 20 gifts of $10 = $200 – Speakers for the Tufts elephant conservation series
  • 20 gifts of $25 = $500 – Acoustic equipment to monitor and protect elephants
  • 20 gifts of $50 = $1,000 – Student stipend for research on elephant conservation efforts
  • 35 gifts of $100 = $3500 – Summer internship support for Tufts students working with conservation NGOs

Thank you for supporting TECA as we begin work on this urgent initiative. Please click on Jumbo below and write “TECA” in the Other field.

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For more information about TECA, contact Dr. Allen Rutberg, Director,  Center for Animals and Public Policy or Ellen McDonald, Librarian, Ginn Library, Fletcher School.

TECA representatives: Center for Animals and Public Policy: Allen Rutberg; Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy: Ellen McDonald; Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Felicia Nutter; School of Arts & Sciences: Dale Peterson and Zarin Machanda; Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy: Will Masters; School of Medicine: Paola Massari; Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences: John Castellot; School of Engineering: Karen Panetta; Tisch College for Civic Life: Chris Swan