Office of Law Enforcement
Protecting Wildlife and Plant Resources

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Help Crush Wildlife Trafficking and Stamp Out Extinction

the stamp features a dramatic and colorful portrait drawing of an Amur tiger cubOn September 20, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled the image of the Save Vanishing Species Stamp, a beautiful Amur tiger cub with an amazing facial structure, designed by Nancy Stahl. The proceeds made from the stamp will be used directly to save endangered animals in the wild today.

Stamp sales stopped on December 31, 2013 and it is recommended in the National Strategy that it should be reauthorized.

After expiring, Senate bill S.231, the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semi postal Stamp Reauthorization Act, passed Congress and was signed into law on September 19, 2014 by President Obama. On October 15, 2014, the stamp will be available for purchase at post offices and online, with funds going to help conserve some of the world’s most iconic and threatened species.

Find more information about the tiger stamp at:

Why Crush Ivory?

On November 14, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed six tons of elephant ivory seized over the years by its special agents and wildlife inspectors in connection with violations of U.S. wildlife laws and treaties. Since that time, the courts have ordered the forfeiture of another full ton based on Service investigations of ivory trafficking.

100,000 elephants were killed for the illegal ivory trade between 2010 and 2012. Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades and, in fact, now exceeds the species’ reproductive potential. Elephants are being slaughtered across Africa to meet the demand for ivory faster than they can reproduce.

The poaching crisis not only takes a toll on wildlife, it affects communities as well. Insurgents and organized crime groups cash in on the money to be made from ivory, killing tens of thousands of elephants while gunning down park rangers who work to protect them.

The Ivory Crush sent a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade. Since then, several countries have destroyed ivory to stand with us and the other nations that did so before us. We’ve also taken new steps to stop this trafficking and save elephants and other species at risk of extinction.


Behind the Crush


Frequently Asked Questions

About the Crush

About the Poaching Crisis

About the Crush

11/13/2013 News Release

What Supporters Said

11/13/2013 Director’s Blog

Event B-roll

Event Photos

Ivory Photos

Elephant Photos

Quick Links

Executive Order on Wildlife Trafficking

Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

National Strategy on Combating Wildlife Trafficking

More about Wildlife Trafficking

Investigative Update

Elephant Ivory Investigations

CITES & Elephant Conservation

African Elephant Conservation Fund

Asian Elephant Conservation Fund

Key Elephant Projects

FY 2013 Elephant Projects


Last updated: October 21, 2014