Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A beautiful cover from Australia!

Australia is home to a huge variety of animals which are unique to the country. Some 83% of mammals, 89% of reptiles, 90% of fish and insects and 93% of amphibians that inhabit the continent are endemic to Australia. This high level of endemism can be attributed to the continent's long geographic isolation, tectonic stability, and the effects of an unusual pattern of climate change on the soil and flora over geological time.

When talking about Australia, the main animals that one thinks of are kangaroos and koalas. But there are many others.

On 1st July 2009, Australian Post issued a set of 4 beautiful stamps, entitled "Australian Bush Babies" which features four species of some of the most popular Australian marsupials and their young.

The four marsupials featured on the stamps are:
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
And here is a cover with my favourite koalas.

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