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Stamp Out Extinction

The Save Vanishing Species Stamp is the first U.S. postage stamp issued in the 164-year history of the Postal Service to raise funds for international wildlife conservation. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp will directly benefit the Wildlife Without Borders Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The stamp features an Amur tiger cub and sells for 55 cents per stamp - just slightly above the cost of first-class postage. By purchasing the stamp,the public can directly contribute to the on-the-ground conservation programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Since 1989, the Wildlife Without Borders Program has saved tigers, rhinos,elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, marine turtles and other endangered species. We have supported more than 1,800 projects working with more than 200 partners around the globe. 

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The Wildlife Without Borders Program has supported nearly 150 tiger conservation projects in range countries.  It has supported efforts that have resulted in the recovery of the Amur tiger.  Sixty years ago there were less than 50 adult Amur tigers in the wild.  Today there are approximately 400 Amur tigers in Russia.

The Save Vanishing Species stamp will remain on sale for a period of at least two years as authorized by Congress. The MSCF program supports conservation efforts directed at certain endangered species worldwide considered to be of great importance to the American public. The five funds are: the African Elephant Conservation Act of 1988; the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994; the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1998; the Great Apes Conservation Act of 2000; and the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004. The MSCFs work help our international partners by investing in people who conserve threatened wildlife and their habitats.  Through this assistance, we help build the capacity to manage and conserve key protected areas, work with local communities to reduce human-wildlife conflict and build public support for conservation through awareness-raising and environmental education, enforce wildlife laws and address illegal wildlife product trafficking, and applied research to maintain a sound scientific basis for action on the ground.

The first day of issue ceremony for the stamp took place September 20th at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. Ms. Teiko Saito, Assistant Director for International Affairs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, spoke at the event that marked a significant milestone for international wildlife conservation. The ceremony also featured representatives from the United States Postal Service, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and representatives of the Multinational Species Fund Coalition. The Coalition represents more than 30 organizations including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Feld Entertainment, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Safari Club International, Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund. 

BBDO, the nation's third largest advertising agency, has contributed their talent pro bono and designed a comprehensive public outreach campaign.  Busch Gardens/SeaWorld has declared this as their official stamp.

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