US Postal Service Recognizes Endangered Species

This week, the US Postal Service released its fourth semipostal stamp – dedicated to helping to save vanishing species.  The series, which features an Amur tiger cub, will support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Multinational Species Conservation Fund.

In the press announcement about the stamp, Kelly Sigmon (VP of Channel Access) commented: “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. We look forward to working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Multinational Species Coalition to make this stamp a success.”

The Multinational Species Coalition, a coalition created to advocate for the Multinational Species Conservation Funds, is committed to bringing greater attention to this stamp and the funds it was designed to support.  WILD is a member of the coalition and receives support from the African Elephant Conservation Fund  – one of the five funds supported by the proceeds of the stamp.  The other funds are: the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, Great Ape Conservation Fund, Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund and Marine Turtle Conservation Fund.  11 cents from each stamp (which costs 11 cents more than regular postage), will be donated to the fund.

Other members of the coalition are:

  • 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
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Chelonian Research Foundation
  • Safari Club International Foundation
  • Conservation International
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
  • Sierra Club
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • The WILD Foundation
  • Fauna & Flora International
  • Wildlife Alliance
  • Feld Entertainment, Inc.
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Humane Society of the United States / International
  • Wildlife Management Institute
  • International Crane Foundation
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare

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