Elephant Family

The Great Elephant Migration is delivered by Elephant Family USA, a 501(c)(3) and UK registered charity that works to protect the Asian elephant in the most joyful and engaging way possible.

Our Mission

To harness the power of creativity and storytelling to inspire and enable human populations to share space with wildlife.

Trustees

Feh Tarty

Feh Tarty is originally from Monrovia, Liberia. His work at some of the most influential advertising agencies has helped to build and strengthen brands and win many of the industry’s highly coveted awards — including an Emmy, D&AD Black Pencil, and Gold Cannes Lions. As Meta’s former Global Creative Director of Social Impact, Feh leveraged the tech platform to drive positive change for societal and environmental issues around the world. His impact-focused and creatively-led approach to innovative storytelling raised awareness and enabled people to take action. Feh’s ongoing commitment to fostering mutually beneficial relationships between people, brands, and causes is the driver behind his decade-long engagement to the efforts of Elephant Family and The Great Elephant Migration.

Dr. Alexandra Zimmermann

Dr. Alexandra Zimmermann is the founding Chair of the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She specialises in analysing and resolving the conflicts that arise when the protection of endangered species (such as elephants, tigers, bats, jaguars) clashes with the needs and safety of local people. She has worked on this issue around the world for nearly 25 years, advising NGOs, governments and intergovernmental organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations. She works particularly in community engagement, international collaborations and policy, teaches conflict negotiation at Oxford and beyond and leads on global policy and guidance internationally.

Ruth Ganesh

Ruth Ganesh is an environmentalist specializing in the conception and delivery of large-scale outdoor art exhibitions. 100% of proceeds from her exhibitions benefit conservation work, which has raised over $20m for wildlife corridors, human-wildlife coexistence projects, and ecosystem restoration to date. Her exhibits include CoExistence London, The Carbon Collective, Faberge Big Egg Hunt NYC, Elephant Parade Mumbai, The Animal Ball, and The Great Elephant Migration. Awards include Best Cultural Attraction, Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign, and two Guinness World Records for the world’s first digital, and most participated in, egg hunt. Ruth is a member of The CoExistence Collective, Trustee of Elephant Family USA, and co-founder of the environmental arts body: Platform Earth.

Dr. Tarsh Thekaekara

Dr. Tarsh Thekaekara is a researcher-conservationist, based in the Nilgiri Hills of South India. Most of his work revolves around human-elephant coexistence, and a community-based approach to managing invasive species, particularly Lantana camara. Tarsh holds a PhD in Geography from The Open University and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from The University of Oxford. A part of his PhD involved understanding individual elephant behavior and personalities, which forms the basis of creating the Lantana elephant herd. He is a trustee of The Shola Trust, A founding member of The Real Elephant Collective, and adjunct faculty at the Human-Wildlife Coexistence Cell at the Trans-Disciplinary University.

Fiona Humphrey

Fiona Humphrey has cultivated a career spanning global talent management, people leadership, and business operations. Having worked with a number of FTSE 100 organizations, her expertise is in fostering community across geographies, aligning individuals with their purpose, and establishing shared goals to amplify business performance. As an Executive Coach, Fiona guides clients with a blend of compassion, candor, and camaraderie, encouraging them to pursue bold dreams and embrace authenticity. With over two decades of immersive travel, Fiona has developed a profound connection with India. Initially rooted in her interest with its cultural diversity, this connection has evolved into a deep appreciation for India’s unique wildlife and the challenges it faces. This bond, coupled with a serendipitous meeting with Ruth, ignited their first creative collaboration in London's Covent Garden over a decade ago. Fiona continues to actively support Elephant Family and is delighted to bring India’s wildlife story to the US through The Great Elephant Migration.

Kate Moore

After a decade working for ethical brands in the UK, Kate moved to Malawi where she spent twelve years in counter-wildlife trafficking and environmental protection as a Director for Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and the Country Director for the International Conservation Caucus Foundation. As Managing Director of the Pangea Trust, she is now overseeing the establishment of Europe’s first large-scale nature reserve for elephants, to provide a platform for inspiring co-existence with nature and a solution for governments, zoos, and circuses that aspire to phase out of elephant-keeping.

Adam Haggiag

Adam Haggiag comes from a long line of film and television producers. Before founding Reframed Pictures with actress Susan Sarandon, he worked for the director Philip Noyce's production company Rambalara Films. Adam also specializes in motion capture production technology, having worked on Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's feature film Tintin, and James Cameron's Avatar.  His projects reflect his passion for conservation and indigenous rights, food security and biodiversity. Adam headed the English Language Production department of Italy's De Paulis Film Studio in Rome, and he currently operates DEAR Film productions from the eternal city. He graduated from the film department at NYU's TISCH School of the Arts.

Erika Mansourian

Erika Mansourian is a writer, editor, and nonprofit operations specialist. Her professional expertise and personal commitment have been devoted to wildlife conservation and domestic animal welfare. Erika was the Editorial Director of the American Kennel Club’s print and digital publications; a donor communications writer at the Wildlife Conservation Society; and a Communications Manager at Chapel & York International. She is a Trustee of PAMS Foundation-USA and was a co-organizer of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s inaugural International March for Elephants. Erika is currently the Clinic Manager of the Wild Bird Fund, the only federally-licensed wildlife rehabilitation center in New York City, and she recently earned her New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation License. 

Advisory Panel

Granting decisions are guided by the CoExistence Consortium; a group of biologists, anthropologists, geographers and conservationists, with an in-depth knowledge and experience of working on issues of coexistence in a particular region, and an understanding of the politics and complex social dynamics that are vital for effective conservation. Together they represent varying geographies across India, working with local communities coexisting with a wide range of species - elephants, leopards, tigers, gaur, snow leopards and others. Their role is advisory, they offer recommendations, and independent evaluation of project proposals to ensure the objectives and priorities of our work are met.

Mark Shand

1951 - 2014

This exhibit honors the memory and life work of Mark Shand
who dedicated his life to the endangered Asian elephant.

Mark & his rescued elephant, Tara

Image credit - Chris James