We care about elephants
and their protection across the globe.
Who We Are
We are a group of concerned citizens working to save elephants worldwide from poaching, kidnapping and forced slavery, abuse and neglect, habitat loss and overall cruelty. We welcome volunteers to help us with our cause!
We need You
We welcome volunteers to help us with our cause! Join us in bringing about change before it is too late.
Massachusetts for Elephants is dedicated to educating people about the devastating perils facing elephant populations in Africa and Asia. We advocate for elephant species protection, habitat conservation, and the sustainable co-existence of humans and non-humans worldwide. This includes helping to improve the wellbeing and future of elephants forced to entertain or perform for humans—and ending those practices wherever possible.
Now more than ever, it’s time to build better protections for elephants and their habitats and to improve policies to prohibit the trade of ivory. Massachusetts for Elephants advocates for state and local legislation, coordinates fundraising efforts, and sponsors events such as the annual 5K Boston Run for the Elephants. We work with like-minded nonprofit organizations trying to save elephants from abuse and habitat loss.
We strive to inspire individuals to understand and take action to save elephants. We focus education efforts on three key areas: 1) the vital importance of elephants to the ecosystems where they live, 2) information about the threats to elephant survival and wellbeing, and 3) actions people can take to mitigate these threats.
MFE Board of Directors
Glenna Waterman and Sally Waterman Owen are sisters who grew up in Iowa, attended college in New England and settled in Massachusetts. They share a passion for the natural world and animals, especially elephants. They formed Massachusetts for Elephants in 2013.
Glenna is a graphic artist and lives in Brookline with her Australian Cattle dog, Delphi. She is a council member of the African Wildlife Foundation and has traveled to Tanzania and Kenya.
Sally has been an advocate for animals, wild and domestic, for many years. She was most fortunate to have been able to travel to Kenya in July of 2019, where she and her family witnessed breathtaking sights of elephants in their natural habitats. Sally lives in Newbury, MA, with her husband, Hugo, and her collie, Luke. She is the owner and proprietor of the toy and bookstore, The Dragon’s Nest.
Colleen Cullen was a founding member of MFE. She has been involved in animal welfare and protection since a young age. Colleen channeled her passion for animals into her career and spent several years working for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), an international animal protection organization. It was during her time with IFAW’s global Elephant Protection Program that Colleen discovered her profound love and connection to elephants and a desire to fight for their rights and survival. Colleen has taken several trips to Africa to observe elephants in their natural habitat. She has cared for rescued chimpanzees, knocked down doors to save animals after Hurricane Katrina, and investigated stockyard conditions of farmed animals. Colleen has more than a decade of experience in animal welfare work, communications and marketing, and is a Certified Grant Writer with a specialization in the non-profit sector. Colleen lives in Newburyport with her husband and two children. She looks forward to taking them to Africa one day in the future.
Eric McNulty is a Harvard-affiliated author, speaker, and educator who specializes in purpose-driven and crisis leadership. McNulty is co-author of You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most, as well as numerous articles and e-books. He is exploring leadership lessons of natural systems through his project, The Elephant Wisdom Project. Eric is a birder and longtime animal advocate and spends as much time as possible outdoors. He was fortunate to see elephants and many other species while traveling in South Africa. He lives in Brookline, MA.
Ann Cox is an elementary school Reading Specialist. She advocates for all animals, with a special love for elephants. As a volunteer, Ann spent time at The Elephant Nature Park in Thailand caring for elephants that have been rescued primarily from the entertainment industry.