ESA’s Stamps of Excellence

Did you ever say to yourself, “Gosh, it sure would be cool if a Guam kingfisher, or sihek, maybe a candy darter, delivered my mortgage check.” Well, it’s no longer a dream. Thanks to the yearlong celebration of the Endangered Species Act’s 50th anniversary, a host of endangered animals stand ready to meet your postage needs. 

The U.S. Postal Service is featuring 20 charismatic endangered species on a set of stamps that recognize the anniversary. 

There are stamps for any occasion. Writing your best friend? Might we suggest a black-footed ferret stamp? Not just because black-footed ferrets are adorable (and we assume you think your friend is) but because around the Service, it is also known by its initials: BFF. Applying for an evening or night job? Perhaps use a Florida panther stamp. The endangered panther is generally more active at dusk and night.

The images for the stamps come from the more than 13,000 species in Joel Sartore’s National Geographic Photo Ark project. Sartore is working to take photos of every species under human care – in zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries. The goal is to inspire people to protect the world’s wildlife. 

The Endangered Species Act is about protection, too, and it’s been amazingly successful. It’s credited with saving 99% of the imperiled species it protects. 

Join us on social media as we highlight ESA 50th stories and species, and find other ways to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act