TuftsNow How Are Animals Added to the Endangered Species List?

May 20, 2022

Dr. Allen Rutberg, co-director of Jumbos for Jumbos: Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance (TECA), is a wildlife policy expert at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and explains what factors are considered when listing a species as threatened or endangered in the U.S.

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Victor Oludare, EG22

April 9, 2022

My interest in conservation, in particular, started when I assisted my advisor in creating demos to teach non-Engineering students at Tufts how AI could be used for conservation. Our goal was to write and develop an algorithm to allow computers to differentiate between elephant sounds and human sounds. This got me started studying elephants; it was the first time I paid any attention to elephants. I got excited learning about how intelligent they are and the fact that they have feelings that are not easily recognizable to us. It inspired me to join Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance, in fact. 

Victor has been working in TECA member Dr. Karen Panetta’s Vision and Sensing Systems Laboratory within Tufts University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on the Drones for Conservation project. The drones enable Tufts’ students and researchers to monitor elephants, collect enhanced visual data for identification, map elephant populations and alert rangers to the presence of threats.

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Congratulations to our 2021 TECA Elephant Conservation Fellowship Students!

May 5, 2021

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Elephant Conservation Fellowship Awards! Stay tuned for more about their projects in the coming year!

Laura Coughlin
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM/MPH Candidate 2023
Establishing serum biomarkers of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in African and Asian elephants

Lucy Megan
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, DVM Candidate 2021
Evaluation of plasma D-dimer concentration in healthy adult Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and African elephants (Loxodonta africana)

Elephant Reflections Raffle

May 11, 2017

Tufts University’s Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology held its annual research retreat on April 7 at the beautiful Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

The morning program was comprised of research talks.  At the lunch break, however, one of the faculty, Ellen Weinberg, surprised the attendees by announcing a raffle on behalf of the Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance (TECA).  Ellen had assembled a basket of elephant-adorned items, and the undisputed highlight was an autographed copy of Dale Peterson’s book “Elephant Reflections.”  By the end of the retreat, enthusiastic attendees had contributed more than $500 to TECA!  Heartfelt thanks to Ellen for organizing the raffle and her dedication to the cause!