Save the Vanishing Species

PITTSBURGH – The U.S. Postal Service has produced a new semipostal stamp to help raise proceeds to prevent the extinction of vanishing species. The stamp, titled Save Vanishing Species, features a bold illustration of an Amur Tiger cub created by artist Nancy Stahl and will be dedicated during a special unveiling planned at the Pittsburgh Zoo on September 23, at 11 a.m.

Net proceeds from the sales of the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp support preservation efforts for the African Elephant, Marine Turtle, Great Ape, Tiger, Asian Elephant, and Rhinoceros and will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support Multinational Species Conservation Funds.

“This stamp marks the fourth semipostal issued by the Postal Service. These types of stamps provide an extremely convenient way for the American public to contribute to help protect threatened and vanishing species,” said Pittsburgh Postmaster Joseph Meimann. “I can not think of a more appropriate place to showcase this very important stamp than at one of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures, the Pittsburgh Zoo.”

“We are thrilled to be working with the U.S. Postal Service to encourage everyone to help strengthen conservation efforts around the world for endangered species,” says Dr. Barbara Baker, CEO and president of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium “The Amur tiger is the perfect choice for the Save the Vanishing Species stamp as their populations in the wild are dwindling rapidly.”

Meimann will join Dr. Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in the unveiling of the Save Our Species stamp to the public.

Background:  The Multinational Species Coalition is an alliance of conservationists, zoos, veterinarians, animal welfare groups, circuses and sportsmen. Representing more than 20 million members, the coalition was created to advocate for the Multinational Species Conservation Funds and is committed to bringing greater attention to this stamp and the funds it was designed to support. The funds will be divided among the African Elephant Conservation Fund, Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, Great Ape Conservation Fund, Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund and Marine Turtle Conservation Fund.

To order the Save Vanishing Species stamps, go to usps.com/shop. A Save Vanishing Species note card set is available for order as well. The set contains 10 blank cards featuring the image of the stamp, 10 envelopes and 10 stamps for $15.95.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.