20 September 2011 Send Mail. Save Wildlife. Posted by: Nilanga Jayasinghe | 2 comments | Share: This stamp will help save African and Asian elephants, marine turtles, rhinoceros, and tigers. We may have to change the term “snail mail” to “tiger mail,” now that the U.S. Postal Service has issued a gorgeous new stamp that will benefit African and Asian elephant, marine turtle, great ape, rhinoceros, and—of course—tiger conservation. Available in post offices nationwide on Tuesday, September 20, the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp will sell at a premium price of 55 cents for a 44-cent, first-class stamp ($11 for a sheet of 20). The 11-cent premium will go towards wildlife conservation projects funded by the Wildlife Without Borders Multinational Species Conservation Fund (MSCF). The stamp, designed by artist Nancy Stahl, is a beautiful illustration of an Amur tiger cub, one of the many species supported by MSCF funds. Semipostal stamps are issued to raise money for various causes and Save Vanishing Species is only the fourth semipostal stamp to be issued in the U.S. It will be on sale for at least two years. Defenders is a member of the Multinational Species Coalition that worked hard to pass the bill that made this stamp possible. The stamp was released following passage of the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act in 2010. Defenders of Wildlife is part of the Multinational Species Coalition that worked hard to get the Act passed in Congress. The coalition is a broad-based coalition of organizations representing conservationists, zoos, circuses, sportsmen, veterinarians and animal welfare groups that support the popular and highly effective MSCF program. While MSCF is currently funded by Congress, today’s uncertain fiscal climate may bring about cuts to these funds. The funding generated by the Save Vanishing Species stamp has the capacity to even out any gap caused by potential funding cuts, and has the ability to increase overall funds at no additional cost to the American taxpayer. The MSCF program currently provides support to over 250 grant recipients in over 75 countries. Get Your Stamps Today! You can help save Asian elephants, African elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes and marine turtles by purchasing Save Vanishing Species stamps at any post office. And if a trip to the post office is not in your near future, you can also buy them online at the USPS online store. Defenders Blog author Nilanga Jayasinghe attended the unveiling ceremony and is now the proud owner of her own sheet of Save Vanishing Species stamps! 2 Responses to “Send Mail. Save Wildlife.” Michelle September 20th, 2011 I live in South Africa and would absolutely would love to obtain the Save Vanishing Species stamps. Can you tell me how I can go about it? Regards Michelle Reply Defenders of Wildlife September 20th, 2011 Hi Michelle. You can order them through the United States Postal System online store. https://shop.usps.com/wcsstore/PostalStore/upload/htm/savevanishingspecies/ You’ll have to sign up for an account with them to place an order. Thanks for your support! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Turning up the Heat Against Idaho’s Predator Derby; Red Wolf Recovery Program Reviewed; Wolf Champion in Congress Takes On New Leadership Role Chasing eyeshine Every fall on the prairie, black-footed ferret chasers take to the field to study these nocturnal creatures. Small Refuge, Big Impact: Wildlife Conservation on the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge Thanks to continued efforts to restore bison in the American West, a herd of bison can call the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge home.