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Thursday, March 12, 2020
at 12 PM – 1 PM

*UPDATE: During this period of uncertainty due to coronavirus (COVID-19), this seminar will be available for the public to join remotely via WebEx. A current Tufts ID will be required to attend in person on campus.*

Part of the Animal Matters Seminar Series

presented by Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy with Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance (TECA)

Liv Baker, PhD
Animal Behavior & Conservation Program, Hunter College, CUNY
Mahouts Elephant Foundation, Research Director

Thailand has fewer than 10,000 elephants left. More of them are living in captivity to serve the tourist industry under compromised conditions than are living free in what is left of their wild habitat. Conservation efforts need to be focused on all surviving members of the species, captive and free, but they need to take into account the inextricable entanglement of human and nonhuman animal lives. There is an opportunity for rescuing, rehabilitating and reintroducing captive elephants to the wild with the help of the traditional expertise of a mahout culture that has been elephant-keeping for centuries. We advocate a state of wildness that is meaningful to the elephants and can be attained in a way in which both elephant and human cultures are valued. This would be far better than the status quo for the elephants, restoring to them a life worth living.

Members of the public are invited to this seminar remotely at no charge.

Made possible by the generous support of: Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund
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About Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy is to conduct and encourage the study of complex issues surrounding the changing role and impact of animals in society. The Center supports the development and dissemination of research driven policies, programs and practices that benefit both people and animals.
Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.