This year, the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Officially registered as a charity on 11th September 1961, it was conceived to raise funds for the conservation of nature. With a mission to stop degradation of the natural environment and to preserve biodiversity, it has grown into one of the largest independent conservation networks worldwide.
Australia celebrates this milestone in nature conservation with the release of its second joint territories stamp issue. The stamps in the denomination of 60 cents each, features wonderful wildlife illustrations representing animals from Australia, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands and the Australian Antarctic Territory.Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) looks a little like a dumpy kangaroo, giving rise to its alternative common name of Short-tailed Wallaby. Mainly nocturnal, it is endemic to the south-western corner of Western Australia.
Christmas Island Shrew (Crocidura trichura) is extremely rare, possibly extinct. It had vanished by 1908, but after an unconfirmed sighting in 1958 it was rediscovered in 1985, when two individuals were caught.Dugong (Dugong dugon) gets its name from the Malay language, in which duyung means “lady of the sea” or “mermaid”. It is seen from the east coast of Africa to the central Pacific. Now also found in Cocos Island since 2002.Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonine) inhabits mainly subantarctic regions. It spends most of its time at sea.