News Release

Service Celebrates First Day of Issue Save Vanishing Species Stamp

September 16, 2011

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Craig Rieben
703 358-2225

Vanessa Kauffman

Tracy O’Toole

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will join with the U. S. Postal Service to celebrate the first day of issue of the Save Vanishing Species Stamp to Benefit Wild Tigers, Rhinos, Elephants, Great Apes and Marine Turtles. The Save Vanishing Species stamp represents the first U. S. postage stamp issued in the 164-year history of the Postal Service that will raise funds for international wildlife conservation. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp will directly benefit the Wildlife Without Borders Multinational Species Conservation Funds, administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (Tuesday)
10:00 a.m. (EST)
Duration: 20 minutes

Teiko Saito, Assistant Director, International Affairs, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service
Stephen M. Kearney, Executive Director, Stamp Services, United States 
Postal Service
Dennis W. Kelly, Director, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Joshua Ginsberg, Senior Vice President, Wildlife Conservation Society
Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund

Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Tiger Exhibit
3001 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC 

Open to the public. No RSVP required.

Event attendees will receive a $5.00 parking voucher at the registration table for Parking Lot D at the National Zoo.

Special Note for Broadcast News Editors/Producers:

A satellite media availability is being coordinated by Busch Gardens “Jungala” in Tampa, Florida from 6 am EST until 2 pm EST on the 20th of September.

Dr. Herbert A. Raffaele, Chief of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of International Conservation will be available for interviews via satellite. He can tell your viewers why tigers are one of the most vulnerable species on the planet and describe how this stamp can help wildlife conservation on a global scale.

To book a 10 or 15 minute window, please contact Lauren Gottlieb at (908) 301-0819. Upon booking, you will be provided with background, a bio, b-roll, and suggested questions.

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