Australia Post dedicates new collectible stamps to wildlife bushfire recovery efforts

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Kangaroo Island Dunnart - the island's only endemic mammal.
Camera IconKangaroo Island Dunnart - the island's only endemic mammal.

Australia Post is dedicating this year’s Stamp Collecting Month to wildlife recovery, six months after bushfires scorched native flora and fauna across Australia.

Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced by last summer’s devastating fires.

The tree-hugging Koala is a furry face found in the wildlife recovery stamp collection.
Camera IconThe tree-hugging Koala is a furry face found in the wildlife recovery stamp collection. Credit: Picture: Australia Post

In a bid to bolster education on now-threatened species, six stamps will highlight some of Australia’s most vulnerable native animals.

The fauna have been selected from those most recently identified by the Federal Government’s wildlife and threatened species bushfire recovery Expert Panel as in need of immediate conservation management.

One of Australia's rarest butterflies, the Bathurst Copper Butterfly.
Camera IconOne of Australia's rarest butterflies, the Bathurst Copper Butterfly.

Each stamp has affiliated online educational resources, which includes curriculum-linked lesson plans and literacy activities for primary students.

Australia Post community and consumer executive general manager Nicole Sheffield said the collection aimed to inspire children across the country to learn more about Australia’s wildlife and species protection.

Blue Mountains Water Skink, endemic to lands ravaged by bushfire.
Camera IconBlue Mountains Water Skink, endemic to lands ravaged by bushfire.

“We want this year’s Stamp Collecting Month to encourage a lifelong passion for Australian wildlife,” she said.

“Alongside the stamps, the teaching resources we’ve developed will encourage education, literacy and knowledge about the threats wildlife face.”

Davies' Tree Frog found in New South Wales.
Camera IconDavies' Tree Frog found in New South Wales.

The koala and regent honeyeater are among the wildlife to feature. Stamps and products are available online and in participating Post Offices.

Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner Dr Sally Box said the bushfire tragedies highlighted the dangers facing Australian wildlife, and encouraged schools and the broader community to get involved in rehabilitation efforts.

The Regent Honeyeater, found only in New South Wales and Victoria.
Camera IconThe Regent Honeyeater, found only in New South Wales and Victoria.

“The 2019–20 bushfires had a devastating impact on Australian wildlife, and it’s great to see Stamp Collecting Month reminding people how precious our native animals are.

“We can all play a role in caring for our wildlife, and Stamp Collecting Month is educating and inspiring young Aussies to become our future wildlife conservationists.”

Stamps and associated products are launched yesterday, available online and in participating Post Offices.

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