Elephants have captivated the fascination of Americans since the arrival of the first elephant on American shores in 1796. To celebrate the enduring bond between humans and elephants. the U.S. Postal Service has released a cute and fun stamp that portrays the affectionate connection between these majestic creatures. The stamp features a fanciful digital illustration of an elephant interacting with its young calf. depicting the loving nature of these beloved animals. Whimsical stylized plants and a vibrant orange sun add color and playfulness to this delightful stamp.

There is an undeniable allure to elephants that resonates with people worldwide. Their flapping ears and seemingly smiling mouths have captured hearts across cultures. However. the appeal goes beyond their physical characteristics. Elephants fascinate us because they exhibit social complexity and a wide range of emotions that parallel our own. Like humans. elephants are among the longest-living land mammals. They engage in teamwork. demonstrate empathy and grief. and form lifelong family bonds. Their herds operate within intricate matriarchal societies. where the entire group contributes to raising and mentoring calves.

America’s relationship with elephants has evolved since their introduction in the 18th century. Initially. the love for these gentle giants was not always accompanied by conscientious care and nurturing. However. attitudes in the United States have shifted over time. leading to increased awareness of the conditions faced by captive elephants. This awareness has prompted circuses to discontinue using elephants as performers and has resulted in legislation banning ivory importation. Efforts to support elephant conservation in the wild have also gained momentum. The original art for the stamp was created by artist Rafael Lopez. with Derry Noyes serving as the art director.

The Elephants stamp is issued as a Forever stamp. available in booklets of 20. As a Forever stamp. it holds a value equivalent to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price and can be used for mailing purposes indefinitely. This whimsical stamp serves as a charming tribute to the enduring connection between humans and elephants.

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2022 Elephants Forever Stamps USPS First-Class
$9.00

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