Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Save Vanishing Species Stamps Now On Sale

If you enjoyed the joyful scenes of baby orangutans and baby elephants in Born to be Wild 3D, then you'll appreciate a new stamp that's being unveiled today. (If you haven't seen the IMAX film yet, make sure you don't miss this outstanding movie.) The Save Vanishing Species stamp features an Amur tiger cub, as seen above. Even though a tiger was chosen as the face of conservation for this effort, a total of five species will benefit from the sales of this stamp. Here's how:

Net proceeds from sale of the Save Vanishing Species stamp directly support international wildlife conservation efforts to save beloved species like rhinos, elephants, tigers, marine turtles, and great apes – at no cost to American taxpayers.

The Save Vanishing Species stamps will now be available at Post Office locations nationwide and at USPS.com.  They will sell for 55 cents – 11 cents greater than a First Class Mail stamp – and $11 for a sheet of 20.

The Save Vanishing Species stamps will directly provide funding for projects supported by the Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF), which are administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve tigers, rhinos, great apes, marine turtles, African elephants and Asian elephants. The stamp was created through federal legislation which was signed into law in September 2010. Passage of the law was spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and was supported by the 33 organizations of the Multinational Species Coalition, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

“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 stamp provides a unique opportunity for the American public to work with the federal government to contribute to saving some of our most beloved threatened species,” said Herb Raffaele, Chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of International Conservation. “A commitment to the stamp will demonstrate that Americans really care about wildlife conservation abroad.”

Whether it's a virtual meeting of the elephants and orangutans in "Born to be Wild 3D," or having the opportunity to observe "Stewie" and "Oscar," the Aquarium's two green sea turtles up close, people care about the status of these charismatic animals and their wild counterparts.
We hope everyone considers purchasing these stamps to help the organizations working diligently to ensure the survival of these animals. At the same time, we hope you'll consider making a contribution to support the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute's field work. Lake sturgeon, logperch, darters, hellbenders and topminnows may not be as adorable as a baby tigers, but the challenges these aquatic species face are every bit as real.

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