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A Valentine for Endangered Wildlife

14 February 2012

Stamp with image of tiger cub (U.S. Postal Service)

Sales of U.S. postage stamps with the image of a Siberian tiger cub support conservation funds dedicated to saving tigers, African and Asian elephants, rhinos, great apes and marine turtles. For every stamp sold, 11 cents goes to conservation funds through a program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This rare Siberian (Amur) tiger cub is helping raise money to save vanishing wildlife around the world.

Sales of U.S. postage stamps with the tiger’s image support conservation funds dedicated to saving tigers, African and Asian elephants, rhinos, great apes and marine turtles. For every "Save Vanishing Species" stamp sold, 11 cents goes to the conservation funds through a program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

There are only about 450 Siberian tigers left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund, which notes that “poaching and habitat destruction once again push this tiger close to the edge.”

This Valentine’s Day, February 14, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is featuring the stamp on its website with the message “Be Our Valentine and Stamp Out Extinction.” The stamps can be purchased through the U.S. Postal Service.