The Elephant Sanctuary to host United States Postal Service for release of new ‘Elephants’ Forever Stamp!

Hohenwald, TN - The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is excited to announce that the United States Postal Service’s First Day of Issue Dedication Ceremony for the new Forever Stamp titled Elephants will take place at The Elephant Discovery Center in Hohenwald, Tennessee, on World Elephant Day, August 12. In honor and celebration of elephants, USPS will release the new Forever Stamp, featuring digitally illustrated elephants designed by artist Rafael López.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the U.S. Postal Service, along with special guest speakers, for the Dedication Ceremony at The Elephant Discovery Center in downtown Hohenwald and will be updating our supporters virtually throughout the day,” says Janice Zeitlin, CEO of The Elephant Sanctuary.

First Day of Issue Dedication ceremonies are a way for the United States Postal Service to honor and commemorate a subject that has widespread national appeal and a significant impact or influence on the society, history, culture or environment of the American experience.

The release of the Elephants Forever Stamp provides an exciting opportunity to highlight the importance of elephants as a keystone species and to help spread awareness of the challenges they face in captivity and the wild. In addition to the unveiling, Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee granted August 12, 2022 “A Day of Recognition” in honor of The Elephant Sanctuary and our mission to provide elephants with home, herd, rest, refuge, and individualized care for life.


This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at

Where: The Elephant Discovery Center
27 East Main Street, Hohenwald, TN 38462

When: Friday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m. CDT

Family-friendly activities (in-person and virtual) will follow the ceremony and throughout the weekend! Save the date and stay tuned via our website and social media to learn more about this exciting event and how you can put your stamp on elephant conservation this World Elephant Day. For more information, visit

Can't make it? The Elephants Forever Stamp will be available for purchase for a limited time online in a bundle with our elephant postcards at Orders will ship after August 12th.

Customers may also purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at, by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

The elephants' habitats are closed to the public. Visitors to The Discovery Center and First Day of Issue Dedication Ceremony attendees will not see or interact with elephants.


Located on 3,060 acres in Hohenwald, TN, The Sanctuary is the nation’s largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically for elephants retired from performance and exhibition. Founded in 1995, The Sanctuary is licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and is the only elephant facility that has been dually recognized through accreditation by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and certification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For more information about The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, please visit

Media Contact:
Ashley Dehnke
Public Relations & Communications Manager

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