The Detroit Tigers have partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Wildlife Without Borders Tigers Fund) to continue Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign at Comerica Park which raises funds to save endangered wild tigers and promote tiger conservation. Fans are encouraged to donate spare change at the Pennies for Paws tiger bank, located near the main entrance at Comerica Park. Since its inception in April 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $53,000.
During the trip to Washington D.C. this spring, representatives from the Detroit Tigers baseball club including Karie Ross, wife of Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski and Erica May, fiancée of Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer joined U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servies Director Dan Ashe and members of Congress on Capitol Hill to celebrate the success of the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp. Sales of the stamp have generated more than $2.1 million to support on-the-ground conservation of critically endangered international special such as the wild tiger, rhino, elephants, great apes and marine turtles.
The funds have supported 24 projects for the endangered species mentioned above, including social marketing to reduce threats to tigers in Bangladesh. The Save Vanishing Species stamp is currently available through postal service outlets throughout the United States, and thanks to this special partnership with the Detroit Tigers, the stamp is now available at the D Shop at Comerica Park.