Wednesday, December 29, 2010


125fr Eulophia spp., a terrestial African orchid is pictured on this 2004 flora issue.


225fr The Water Hyacinth, while a beautiful sight on inland waterways in Africa, is a serious concern due to the rate of growth by which it can completely cover the surface of ponds or slow-moving rivers

Friday, December 24, 2010


70fr: The Green Sea Turtle is a wide-ranging species that has several nesting beaches in the Gulf of Aden

Thursday, December 23, 2010

GAMBIA / Gambie

D1 Scouting and nature discovery, issued to commemorate the Australian Jamboree of 1987-8

GAMBIA / Gambie

50b This issue shows the Coral, Erythrina or Flame Tree, well-known in Africa for its showy flowers

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

100fr this stamp shows one of the approx. 800 species of Sapotaceae trees and shrubs, many of which produce locally important fruits

Saturday, December 11, 2010


20 Shillings: this pair of booklet stamps feature photos of the Bongo (a forest antelope), the black and white colobus monkey, and the Cheetah at rest


50c this stunning stamp shows the ceremonial costume of the Kamba people, a Bantu group from eastern Kenya, known for their industrious trade and fine handcrafts

Thursday, December 9, 2010


2.5 mt The blue or diademed monkey is shown on this issue. This species ranges from the forests and bamboo groves of the Congo Basin and the Rift Valley to N. Zambia and Mozambique.


100mt This issue warns of the dangers of spreading wildfires, a severe problem in arid and seasonally dry areas of Africa

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


90fr The baobab is a revered tree in West AFrica and is featured on this 2002 issue, promoting ecotourist attractions


100fr this 2007 stamp issue warns of the dangers of deforestation in this semi-arid country, and implores residents not to cut trees down

Saturday, December 4, 2010


200fr This 2007 issue shows a Lion and other wildlife in the Niokolo-koba National Park, a large area in central-south Senegal

Friday, December 3, 2010


R4 overprint showing the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, an endemic species unique to the Veuve Nature Reserve on La Digue island

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


P1.10 Diverse wildlife issue, showing the Blue Wildebeest at left and a zebra on far right, baobab in background


450fr: World Cup USA, a 1994 issue, large size format showing a local player

Saturday, November 27, 2010


110fr: this 1993 issue commemorates the first democratically-elected leader of Burundi, Pres. Melchior Ndadaye, who sadly was assassinated in Oct. 1993 in the Presidential Palace in Bujumbura.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


200fr: Drill, an endangered primate species in NW Cameroon

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

1b: Black headed Forest Oriole, from the endemic birds series

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

35c White Winged Cliff Chat, an endemic bird of the rugged hills and terrain of highland Ethiopia

Saturday, November 6, 2010


50fr: The Pygmy Hippo, shown on a 1994 protected fauna issue, is a rare, nocturnal and highly endangered mammal from West Africa, where it is unevenly distributed and estimated to number only 3,000 in the wild.

CONGO Rep. (Brazzaville)

75fr: Fishing port of Yoro near the capital

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

2 birr: traditional transport (donkey rider) over rough terrain in rural areas

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

COMOROS / Archipel des Comores

50fr: this lovely issue shows the Courol, an endemic species from the Madagascar-Comoros area

CAMEROON / Cameroun

125fr: the African Gray Parrot is a widespread forest species, with distintinctive plumage including a bright crimson tail. This bird is very visible in towns and markets across West Africa as a popular cagebird.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

GUINEA / Guinea

1000fr: this lovely stamp shows a typical rural African scene, of women carrying bundles of fuelwood, a 1996 issue.

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

30 fr: The Akee (Blighia sapida) is from the soapberry family and is pictured on a 2000 Flora issue. This species is found throughout W. Africa and is notable for its very fragrant flower. Related to the lychee, it grows a pear-shaped reddish fruit with black seeds.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

100fr: endangered flora, issued in 2005. This stamp shows the Okoubaka, a medicinal plant that is allelopathic (causes the death of plants growing nearby) and is used by traditional healers to ward off spirits; 400fr: Napoleonaea, issued 2000, showing a species known from riverine forest, growing to heights of up to 50 feet.

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

30fr: Modern transport is pictured on this 2005 issue, in myriad forms. At lower right is a water taxi.

Friday, October 29, 2010


100fr Commercially important fish species: Merou and Mulet are featured on this 1999 issue

Sunday, October 24, 2010

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

50c: Dracaena steudneri, from a 1993 Flora and trees issue. Also known as the northern large-leafed Dragon tree, the Dracaena is a species known from higher altitudes (above 1500m) and inhabits the margins of forested areas and thickets

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ERITREA / Eritree

Nf 1: This 2001 issue commemorates 10th Anniv. of Eritrean Independence, celebrated on May 24


6000c: Flag and Fans of the Black Stars of Ghana Team, from the 2006 World Cup (Germany) issue


30 fr: This issue commemorates 25 years of Sino-Djibouti Relations and shows the "People's Palace" and statue


90gp This issue features the Young Farmers Program of the Agricultural Development Bank (50th Anniv.)


125fr: This 1996 issue shows children's art, with colorful, fanciful elements such as a giraffe


500fr: This 2008 issue commemorates 80 years of petroleum production, the main revenue source for Gabon (monopolized by Total Gabon).

Monday, October 18, 2010


225fr Coat of Arms of the town of Mitzic, shown in a 1997 issue

Thursday, October 14, 2010


150: 75th Anniv. of Egypt Post, issued in 2007

Thursday, October 7, 2010


500fr: Megistostegium spp. 100fr: the Xyloolaena genus has five species of flowering shrubs, all are endemic to Madagascar; both stamps are from a 2003 flora issue


50 eurocents: Women in bright costume grace the Wadaha Festival on this 2004 issue from this overseas French territory

NAMIBIA / Namibie

Postcard rate: this 2004 issue shows an Apis honeybee, at work on an aloe flower


515 fr: Borassus or Fan Palm, a tropical species pictured on a 1984 trees issue

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Mt 33,000: This 2005 stamp commemorates 30 years of Sino-Mozambican diplomatic relations. It has been fascinating to observe the expansion of Chinese interests across all parts of Africa in recent decades, in a range of areas from mining, infrastructure development, timber and other resources.


N20: The Cross River Gorilla is the most restricted and critically endangered of the gorilla subspecies found in Central Africa. A tiny remnant population is found in the forested Cross River National Park, in extreme E. Nigeria.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


K10: The Red and Blue or Anchieta's Sunbird appeared on the highest value of the 1988 definitive birds set, and shows a lovely species of sunbird found in southern Africa. Named in 1878, it ranges from Angola and Malawi south.
50t: White-tailed Crested Flycatcher: I am still trying to locate more detailed information on this bird, and would appreciate anything readers may know about it.


50c WWF Oribi: this small antelope (just over 2 feet tall at shoulder) has one of the widest distributions of any savannah dwelling ungulate. It is found virtualy throughout Sub-Saharan AFrica, from Senegal to Kenya to southern Africa. They are found in pairs or small groups, avoiding larger herds as other antelopes do. The oribi is the subject of an intensive WWF project to monitor captive-bred animals released into protected areas, to gather data on their habitat use and home ranges.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Sheetlet of Postcard Rate stamps (2009): a spectacular se-tenant design is pictured on these four stamps, showing the landscape, fauna and flora of the Brandberg Range. Species pictured include the leopard, the Augur Buzzard and the Kobas tree.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

NAMIBIA / Namibie

Std rate: Etosha Natl. Park Centenary, a 2007 issue. This stamp shows a stunning scene of the Oevojasandu Wilderness Area and several threatened species that inhabit this park including the caracal (at left).

Sunday, September 12, 2010


50 fr: this 1987 wildlife issue shows young leopards playing, most likely in the Akagera National Park of E. Rwanda

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