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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 cubThe Save Vanishing Species stamp, a Postal Service first-class stamp, helps fight elephant poaching and fund other vital international wildlife conservation efforts.

Since its introduction in May of 2011, the Save Vanishing Species stamp has helped raise more than $2.4 million for wildlife conservation efforts.

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

Read more about the stamp and the projects it helps fund.

Why Crush Ivory?

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed some 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.

More than 35,000 elephant were killed in 2013 for the illegal ivory trade. Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades and it continues to rise. These animals are being slaughtered across Africa to meet an insatiable global demand for ivory. Scores of the park rangers who work to protect them have also been killed.

We’re sending a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade. We’re standing with nations that have already destroyed their illegal ivory and showing our commitment to working with partners around the world to stop this trafficking and save elephants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Crush

About the Poaching Crisis

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Quick Links

Executive Order on Wildlife Trafficking

Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

Elephant Ivory Investigations

CITES & Elephant Conservation

African Elephant Conservation Fund

Asian Elephant Conservation Fund

Key Elephant Projects

FY 2013 Elephant Projects


Last updated: February 12, 2014