South Africa Issued Stamps about Awareness of Illegal Animal Trade

south africa animal poaching awareness stampsA set of stamps featuring six endangered South African species issued by the Post Office will raise awareness of illegal animal trade.Mlu Mathonsi, acting Group CEO of the Post Office, said a total of 50 000 stamp sheets will draw attention to the plight of the oribi, black rhino, grey crowned crane, ground hornbill, sungazer and Cape parrot.

The six were selected by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, an organisation founded in 1973 with the purpose of protecting South Africa’s threatened wildlife species. The artwork on the stamps is by Alan Ainslie, a wildlife artist who has exhibited with world-renowned artists such as Raymond Harris-Ching (New Zealand), Keith Joubert (South Africa) and Paul Bosman (US).The stamps cost R3 each, a set of six costs R18 and the first-day cover R21. The set of stamps is available at most post offices or at www.virtualpostoffice.co.za.

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