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 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 September 2011, the Save Vanishing Species stamp has raised more than $2.5 million for the conservation of elephants, rhinos, tigers, marine turtles, and great apes.

Stamp sales stopped on December 31, 2013. However, Congress has just reauthorized the stamp. Senate bill S.231, the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act, passed the House of Representatives on September 8, 2014, clearing the way for it to be signed into law. The Senate had unanimously passed the bill on July 31 this year. The bill will extend the sale of the stamp for four more years. 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: September 12, 2014