San Diego Zoo and Postal Service will host Save Vanishing Species event

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego Zoo announced Friday that the U.S. Postal Service will host an event at the Safari Park to provide cancellations for special “Save Vanishing Species” pictorial stamps.

Collectors of the stamps will be able to get cancellations — those squiggly lines that prevent stamps from being reused — at the park on Dec. 20-21, according to the zoo. The cancellation will include the words, “San Diego Zoo Safari Park.”

Zoo officials said the event is designed to promote the sale of the stamps, which feature an Amur tiger cub.

The Wildlife Conservation Society estimates that only around 350-400 Amur tigers, also called a Siberian Tigers, are left in the wild, mainly in Russia’s Far East.

Stamps will be available for purchase during the event at the Tull Family Tiger Trail exhibit.

According to the USPS, 2.5 million tiger stamps have been sold since Sept. 2011, raising $2.5 million for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Multinational Species Conservation Funds, which support efforts to protect wild populations of tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes and marine turtles.

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