Every so often, I get a staggering reminder of just how much the American people care about conservation.
Today is the first anniversary of the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp, which was created to raise public awareness and garner support for global conservation efforts.
Featuring a beautiful drawing of an Amur tiger cub by artist Nancy Stahl, the stamps cost just slightly more than first-class postage and the extra goes to international conservation. By the end of August, 14.9 million stamps had been sold, raising more than $1.5 million.
The picture of the tiger cub is especially fitting because only about 400 Amur tigers are thought to still live in the wild.
Proceeds directly benefit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders - Multinational Species Conservation Funds, which have funded more than 1,800 grants for tigers, elephants, great apes, rhinos, gorillas, chimpanzees and sea turtles.
This stamp is available in U.S. post offices and at USPS.com. Thank you for your support of this project and for your efforts to help us stamp out extinction.