Releases Wildlife Care Stamp
October is Stamp Collecting Month, and Australia Post
will issue a set of stamps focusing on wildlife care,
introducing children to the important work undertaken by
volunteers. The release coincides with
Wildlife Awareness Month, which aims to raise public
consciousness of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.
As Australia has no national organisation for
responding to wildlife emergencies, hundreds of independent
associations have been established nationwide. They are of
varying size, and depend on their dedicated volunteer members.
The two largest groups are Wildlife Victoria and WIRES in NSW.
Each year hundreds of thousands of native animals are
injured and orphaned as a result of natural and human induced trauma
such as sickness, bushfires, oil spills, floods, road accident,
land clearing and attack by introduced animals.
The principles and practice of wildlife care
revolve around the three 'R's - Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release. The
intention of carers is to tend to injured and orphaned animals
with minimal human intervention or contact - so that they remain
wild, and can be released back into their natural environment
with the greatest potential for survival.
Australia Post says that Stamp Collecting Month is about
encouraging children to enjoy the fun of collecting stamps. The
message of protecting wildlife is conveyed not only through the
stamps but also by a miniature sheet. - where the issue is surrounded by
a decorative gutter, with a hidden animal included in the
design, showing the animals in their natural environment. There
is also a limited edition (10,000) medallion cover for $19.95,
featuring the Koala.
It is great to see Australia Post engaging with issues of
environmental awareness and responsibility, acknowledging
the generosity of spirit inherent in volunteering.
While Stamp Collecting Month is primarily
targeted at primary school children (and there is an educational
component, including school visits) the stamps are part of the
Australian stamp program and will appeal (aesthetically and
thematically) to a broader market. Stamp Collecting Month and
therefore the wildlife care stamps, will receive high exposure
through the postal system.
As well as the range of stamps, there are other products, which
stamp collectors will be familiar with, such as first-day covers
(with a wildlife themed envelope), maxi-cards, miniature sheets and a
stamp pack (a bi-fold card display pack).
About the stamps There are six stamps in all
- five 60 cent stamps featuring a wombat, kangaroo, flying-fox,
koala and boobook owl, and a $1.20 stamp featuring an orphaned
ringtail possum. The stamp release date is October 5 2010, and
will be available until November 2. You can get more
details about the stamps and the related products by clicking
here to visit the
Australia Post Stamp Shop.
If that is not enough - Australia Post is also issuing a set
of four stamps on 26th October featuring beautiful images of
four Australian Kingfishers, including the stunning Sacred
Kingfisher and Yellow-billed Kingfisher.
Updated September 6 2010