Now you can help protect endangered species while you mail in your rent. Or your electricity bill. Or when you are paying just about anything thanks to the United States Postal Service, which has debuted a special set of stamps the sale of which benefits several eNGOs dedicated to species protection.In the first run 5 million stamps will be printed, and if enough demand is established, more will be made. The stamps, know collectively as the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamps, will be sold at an 11 cent premium and the money raised will go to African Elephant Conservation Fund, Asian Elephant Conservation Fund, Great Ape Conservation Fund, Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund and Marine Turtle Conservation Fund.
You can preorder the stamps at usps.com/shop, which have an illustration of a tiger cub by artist Nancy Stahl. Other designs will follow, including a rhinoceros, a tiger, a gorilla, Asian and African elephants and a marine turtle.
According to USPS, this is only the third time that it has issued a semipostal stamp. The others are for:
Breast Cancer Research, 1998-current. Net proceeds of more than $74.1 million to date have gone to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
Heroes of 2001, 2002-2004. Net proceeds of $10.5 million went to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. No longer available.
Stop Family Violence, 2003-2006. Net proceeds of $3.1 million went to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No longer available.