|The limited edition "Save the Tamaraw" stamps
MANILA, Philippines – Two limited edition commemorative stamps featuring the endangered tamaraw have been released by the Far Eastern University (FEU) together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The “Save the Tamaraw” stamps aim to celebrate the three groups’ TAMS2 Project, which targets to double wild tamaraw numbers to 600 by 2020.
One stamp was designed by FEU Fine Arts student Aaron Cedrick Santos Manaloto, while the other was by Ross Joseph Bolaños Copiaco, head designer of FEU Publications. Manaloto and Copiaco won in FEU’s stamp design contest.
Only 72,000 copies of each design will be printed.
“We take great pride and pleasure in unveiling the Tamaraw Commemorative Stamp which celebrates our collaboration with both WWF-Philippines and the DENR,” FEU president Dr. Michael Alba said in a statement.
“It dovetails perfectly with FEU’s advocacy to conserve the tamaraw, an initiative we have been supporting for years,” Alba added.
TAMS2, short for “Tamaraw Times Two by 2020”, was created in July 2012. The project involves satellite-tagging, DNA analysis and improved park management practices, among others.
FEU’s men’s varsity team is called the Tamaraws. The school has been supporting tamaraw management and research-oriented programs since 2005.
The tamaraw or water buffalo is known for its v-shaped horns, shorter tail and coat of chocolate to ebony fur. An adult tamaraw stands four feet tall and weighs around 300 kilograms, half as much as the typical carabao.