Washington, D.C. — Tigers. African and Asian elephants. Rhinos. Great apes. Marine turtles. The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp today on Capitol Hill at the Annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) reception that could help save them all. When issued in September, net proceeds from the sales of the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.
“This stamp marks the fourth semipostal issued by the Postal Service. These types of stamps provide an extremely convenient way for the American public to contribute to help protect threatened and vanishing species,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman. “We look forward to working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Multinational Species Coalition to make this stamp a resounding success.”
The Multinational Species Coalition is an alliance of conservationists, zoos, veterinarians, animal welfare groups, circuses and sportsmen. Representing more than 20 million members, the coalition was created to advocate for the Multinational Species Conservation Funds and is committed to bringing greater attention to this stamp and the funds it was designed to support. The funds will be divided among the African Elephant Conservation Fund, Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, Great Ape Conservation Fund, Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund and Marine Turtle Conservation Fund.
The Save Vanishing Species stamp, which can be preordered beginning today atusps.com/shop, features an illustration of a tiger cub by artist Nancy Stahl. The artwork on the full sheet of 20 stamps is dark green and includes silhouettes of a rhinoceros, a tiger, a gorilla, Asian and African elephants and a marine turtle. Stahl based both the stamp art and the silhouettes on photographs of wildlife. The phrases “Save Vanishing Species” and “Amur tiger cub” appear on the left side of the stamp. Derry Noyes served as the art director, designer and typographer for the stamp.
Five million sheets of stamps will be printed initially and reprints will be based on customer demand. The stamps will sell for 11 cents greater than a First Class Mail stamp — 55 cents — and $11 for a sheet of 20.
Legislation creating the semipostal stamp was passed and signed into law in September 2010 as the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act of 2010.
The Multinational Species Coalition includes:
African Wildlife Foundation
International Elephant Foundation
American Bird Conservancy
International Rhino Foundation
American Veterinary Medical Association
Jane Goodall Institute
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
National Audubon Society
Bonobo Conservation Initiative
National Wildlife Federation
Born Free USA
The Nature Conservancy
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Chelonian Research Foundation
Safari Club International Foundation
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Defenders of Wildlife
The WILD Foundation
Fauna & Flora International
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Wildlife Conservation Society
Humane Society of the United States/International Wildlife Managment Institute
International Crane Foundation
World Wildlife Fund
International Fund for Animal Welfare
For more information on the semipostal stamp and the coalition, visit https://www.fws.gov/international/save-vanishing-species-stamp.html.
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