The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes the power of partnerships in the effort to save tigers. Its Division of International Conservation has joined forces with Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers to raise awareness and much needed funds so that future generations of Tiger fans don’t live in a world without tigers.

To commence the partnership, the Detroit Tigers donated $26,000 to Wildlife Without Borders, a broad global program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that seeks international cooperation to conserve habitats and endangered species.  In addition, through Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, both organizations are raising funds to save endangered wild tigers and promote tiger conservation.  Karie Ross, wife of David Dombrowski, the Tigers President/CEO/General Manager, created the Pennies for Paws program after learning about the plight of tigers in the wild.

   
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On September 20, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service released the image of the Save Vanishing Species Stamp - a beautiful Amur tiger cub with an amazing facial structure - designed by Nancy Stahl. The proceeds from the stamp directly benefited wild endangered animals around the world - including tigers, rhinos, gorillas, Asian and African elephants, and marine turtles.

This stamp is an ideal way for Americans to voluntarily show their support for wildlife conservation, and the public has responded very positively by purchasing over 26 million stamps - resulting in over $2.5 million raised so far benefiting the Multinational Conservation Species Fund.

In addition to purchasing the stamp, there are many ways you can help save endangered species across the globe. Click here to see some examples of things you can do to help support international conservation efforts.

   
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Detroit Tigers Root, Root, Root for Endangered Tigers

Posted:April 6, 2015
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Detroit Post Offices are selling these canceled Tiger Stamps for Opening Day. If interested, email USPS' Dan Lesperance. Visit Tigerstamp.com to order stamps. As Major League Baseball returns for another season, we’re thinking about tigers. Not just the ones in Detroit, the endangered wild tigers of Asia, too.

The Detroit Tigers have taken a leading role in helping the conservation of wild tigers – making donations, raising awareness and filming public service announcements. Read the entire blog here.


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Detroit Tigers Spotlight Success of "Save Vanishing Species" Semipostal Stamp

Posted: May 8, 2013
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Funds provide vital support for wild tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, marine turtles

Representatives from the Detroit Tigers baseball club and BBDO joined U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Members of Congress and international conservation supporters today on Capitol Hill to celebrate the success of the “Save Vanishing Species” semipostal stamp. Sales of the stamp, which sells at a premium over first class stamps, have generated more than $2.1 million to support on-the-ground conservation of species like the wild tiger since the stamp went on sale in September, 2011. To date 33 conservation projects in 23 countries have been funded with $1.1 million of the stamp proceeds. Click here to read more.


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USPS has created special collector's envelopes with the cancelled stamp - called cachets. (click image to download and print order form)

Posted: May 8, 2013
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Funds provide vital support for wild tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, marine turtles

To help kick off our partnership with the Detroit Tigers, the US Fish and Wildlife Service debuted two jumbotron videos that were played for the fans throughout the season. The videos were produced as a "thank you" to all the fans who donated to Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign at Comerica Park. These donations provide critical support for protecting endangered wild tigers and promote tiger conservation around the world.

Representatives from the Detroit Zoological Society, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife Without Borders (WWB) program, and the Detroit Tigers organization conducted a ceremony Friday at the Detroit Zoo to commemorate the release of the stamp and highlight the cachets available for collectors.

The cost of the stamp is 55 cents - 9 cents more than first-class postage - and proceeds benefit the WWB Multinational Species Conservation Funds for tigers, great apes, rhinos, elephants and marine turtles.

USPS has created special collector's envelopes with the cancelled stamp - called cachets - featuring images of marine turtles as well as the Detroit Zoo's Amur tigers, western lowland gorillas, white rhinoceroses and retired Asian elephants.

Mark M. Gaskill's photographs of the Detroit Zoo's tigers, great apes and rhinos were used on three of the cachets. He was presented with enlarged replicas of the cachets with his photographs during the ceremony.


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Detroit Tigers and fans raise money for wild tiger conservation

Posted: April 16, 2013
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The Detroit Tigers began their partnership last year with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders program of the Division of International Conservation. The team presented a $25,000 check to Wildlife Without Borders last September at a ceremony at Comerica Park, which added to grants the organization received from people throughout the world. Click here to read the full article.


OTHER NEWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proud to partner with the Detroit Tigers on this important initiative to protect endangered wild tigers. In June 2013, we produced a collection of public service announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness of the partnership and to promote the Save Vanishing Species Stamp and Tiger Bank donations. Below are some behind-the-scenes photos of Max Scherzer, Karie Ross, and David Dombrowski during the filming of the PSAs, along with the finished videos.