About the project

 Endangered animals mail art call 2017.

    • We here at Mail a smile love animals and think it’s time to dedicate a mail art call to them. We believe it’s important to take care of our environment including all living creatures. Since so many are already extinct, we’d like to raise awareness of critically endangered animals to prevent further extinction.
    • This challenge lasts from February 1st – December 31st, 2017.
    • Create a postcard/letter or anything you wish to mail.
    • No entry fee, no returns, no size limit
    • Multiple entries welcome:)
    • Send your art work to this address:

            Mail a smile
          1554 – Hungary

  • The art-works will be displayed in an exhibition in 2018 in Budapest.
  • Please indicate the name of the animal and optionally your name, country, social media contact on the back of the postcard
  • Send us a photo of your work so we can add it to our gallery and Facebook. (info [at] mailasmile [dot] org) or we can take a photo once your art work is received.
  • Be sure to use hashtag #2017MailASmile on instagram and tumblr.
  • Pick an endangered animal from the list below but feel free to choose any others that are not listed. Once an animal is represented its name will be highlighted. We would be happy to receive more than one entry for the same animal.
Amur Leopard Panthera pardus orientalis Critically Endangered
Black Rhino (2) Diceros bicornis Critically Endangered
Bornean Orangutan Pongo pygmaeus Critically Endangered
Cross River Gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli Critically Endangered
Eastern Lowland Gorilla Gorilla beringei graueri Critically Endangered
Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata Critically Endangered
Javan Rhino Rhinoceros sondaicus Critically Endangered
Leatherback Turtle Dermochelys coriacea Critically Endangered
Mountain Gorilla Gorilla beringei beringei Critically Endangered
Orangutan (1) Pongo abelii, Pongo pygmaeus Critically Endangered
Pangolin (1)   Critically Endangered
Saola Pseudoryx nghetinhensis Critically Endangered
South China Tiger Panthera tigris amoyensis Critically Endangered
Sumatran Elephant Elephas maximus sumatranus Critically Endangered
Sumatran Orangutan Pongo abelii Critically Endangered
Sumatran Rhino Dicerorhinus sumatrensis Critically Endangered
Sumatran Tiger Panthera tigris sumatrae Critically Endangered
Vaquita Phocoena sinus Critically Endangered
Western Lowland Gorilla Gorilla gorilla gorilla Critically Endangered
African Wild Dog Lycaon pictus Endangered
Amur Tiger Panthera tigris altaica Endangered
Asian Elephant (2) Elephas maximus indicus Endangered
Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris tigris Endangered
Black-footed Ferret (1) Mustela nigripes Endangered
Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus Endangered
Bluefin Tuna (1) Thunnus spp Endangered
Bonobo Pan paniscus Endangered
Borneo Pygmy Elephant Elephas maximus borneensis Endangered
Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes Endangered
Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus Endangered
Galápagos Penguin Spheniscus mendiculus Endangered
Ganges River Dolphin Platanista gangetica gangetica Endangered
Green Turtle Chelonia mydas Endangered
Hector’s Dolphin Cephalorhynchus hectori Endangered
Humphead Wrasse Cheilinus undulatus Endangered
Indian Elephant Elephas maximus indicus Endangered
Indochinese Tiger Panthera tigris corbetti Endangered
Indus River Dolphin Platanista minor Endangered
Malayan Tiger Panthera tigris jacksoni Endangered
North Atlantic Right Whale Eubalaena glacialis Endangered
Red Panda (2) Ailurus fulgens Endangered
Sea Lions Zalophus wollebaeki Endangered
Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis Endangered
Snow Leopard Panthera uncia Endangered
Sri Lankan Elephant Elephas maximus maximus Endangered
Tiger Panthera tigris Endangered
Whale Balaenoptera, Balaena, Eschrichtius, and Eubalaen Endangered
African Elephant Loxodonta africana Vulnerable
Bigeye Tuna Thunnus obesus Vulnerable
Black Spider Monkey Ateles paniscus Vulnerable
Dugong Dugong dugon Vulnerable
Forest Elephant   Vulnerable
Giant Panda Ailuropoda melanoleuca Vulnerable
Giant Tortoise   Vulnerable
Great White Shark Carcharodon carcharias Vulnerable
Greater One-Horned Rhino Rhinoceros unicornis Vulnerable
Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius Vulnerable
Irrawaddy Dolphin Orcaella brevirostris Vulnerable
Loggerhead Turtle Caretta caretta Vulnerable
Marine Iguana Amblyrhynchus cristatus Vulnerable
Olive Ridley Turtle Lepidochelys olivacea Vulnerable
Polar Bear (1) Ursus maritimus Vulnerable
Savanna Elephant Loxodonta africana africana Vulnerable
Sea Turtle Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae families Vulnerable
Southern rockhopper penguin Eudyptes chrysocome Vulnerable
Whale Shark Rhincodon typus Vulnerable
Yangtze Finless Porpoise Neophocaena asiaeorientalis ssp. asiaeorientalis Vulnerable
Albacore Tuna Thunnus alalunga Near Threatened
Beluga Delphinapterus leucas Near Threatened
Greater Sage-Grouse Centrocercus urophasianus Near Threatened
Jaguar Panthera onca Near Threatened
Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Near Threatened
Mountain Plover Charadrius montanus Near Threatened
Narwhal Monodon monoceros Near Threatened
Plains Bison Bison bison bison Near Threatened
White Rhino Ceratotherium simum Near Threatened
Yellowfin Tuna Thunnus albacares Near Threatened
Arctic Fox Vulpes lagopus Least Concern
Arctic Wolf Canis lupus arctos Least Concern
Bowhead Whale Balaena mysticetus Least Concern
Brown Bear Ursus arctos Least Concern
Common Bottlenose Dolphin (1)   Least Concern
Gray Whale Eschrichtius robustus Least Concern
Macaw Ara ararauna Least Concern
Pronghorn Antilocarpa americana Least Concern
Skipjack Tuna Katsuwonus pelamis Least Concern
Swift Fox (1) Vulpes velox Least Concern
Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus sp. Least Concern
Amazon River Dolphin Scientific Name Inia geoffrensis Least Concern
 Reference: WWF

We have also received mail-art for the following ones:

Blue Butterfly (Aricia icarioides missionensis)  (1)

Butterfly (1)

Blob fish (2)

Corroboree frog (1)

Tibetan butterfly (1)

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  • You agree to not use content/pictures on your mailart work that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, harm minors in any way.
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