Support Our Work

jumbo1Recognizing the importance of elephants both globally as a keystone species and uniquely to Tufts University’s legacy, a multidisciplinary group of faculty members from across the university have formed the  J2: Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance (TECA).  During monthly meetings, which began in November 2015, 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 education the university and community at large.




Thank you for your gift to the Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance this year! Here are just a few of our accomplishments that you helped make possible:

  • A new class offered through the Experimental College, The Jumbo Imperative: On Elephant and Elephant Conservation
  • A new seminar series’ first speaker was Dr. Daphne Carlson-Bremer, Policy Specialist & Program Officer, who informed us about “Combating Wildlife Trafficking at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service”
  • A new partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Our first summer fellow, supported by the Tisch Summer Fellows Program
  • More than $4,000 raised to help support the efforts!

Thank you for believing in us and the power of the Tufts community to save elephants from extinction. Together, our faculty from across schools 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. We look forward to bringing you even more updates from the field and classroom this coming year. Keep an eye out for our crowdfunding project, and Happy World Elephant Day on August 12!

Thank you, from all the faculty members involved with TECA: Lisa Freeman, Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction Ellen McDonald, Ginn Library, Fletcher School Felicia Nutter, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Dale Peterson and Zarin Machanda, School of Arts & Sciences Will Masters, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Ellen Weinberg, School of Medicine John Castellot, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Karen Panetta, School of Engineering Chris Swan, Tisch College for Civic Life

P.S. Stay up to date on all of the work you help make possible!

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