Australia Post is encouraging young Australians to become passionate about Australian wildlife this August, with the Stamp Collecting Month theme ‘Wildlife Recovery’.
To mark the start of the month, six stamps highlighting some of Australia’s most vulnerable native species will be available from today. The featured animals have been selected from those recently identified by the federal government’s Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel as in need of immediate conservation management.
Australia Post Executive General Manager Community and Consumer Nicole Sheffield said that this year’s theme aims to inspire school students across the country to learn more about Australia’s wildlife and take an active role in protecting them for the future.
“We want this year’s Stamp Collecting Month to encourage a lifelong passion for Australian wildlife. Alongside the wonderful stamps released today, the teaching resources we’ve developed will encourage education, literacy and a sharing of knowledge about the threats that our wildlife face,” said Ms Sheffield.
Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner Dr Sally Box, said that the recent bushfire tragedies highlighted the dangers facing Australian wildlife and is encouraging schools and the broader community to get involved.
“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.”
The stamps and associated products will be available from today in participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794, and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.
Education resources are available online at auspost.com.au/scm and include information on each species featured, videos, curriculum-linked lesson plans and literacy activities for primary school students.
Visit the Australia Post Collectables website auspostcollectables.com.au for more information on Australian stamp issues.