Sunday, October 30, 2011


20fr: a proud savannah lion roars in this local fauna issue


250fr ovpt: this 2003 issue shows the da Silva Museum of Arts and Culture, and celebrates Afro-Brazilian cultural ties with the slogal "in memory of African slaves"


P2: Pel's Fishing Owl and a Vervet Monkey are shown above a riverbank in this local fauna issue


500fr: Rotary is featured in this 2005 issue, showing a map of Benin at left

Thursday, October 27, 2011


150fr, 300fr: the 5th Grand Prix "France-Afrique" is featured in this 1999 issue


P3: Elephants gather near a river in this issue, celebrating the natural sites and wildlife of Botswana


590fr: the jagged rock formations at Sindou are shown on this 2001 issue showing tourist sites

COMOROS / Iles Comores

250fr: this issue shows Europeans making contact with Native Americans, and celebrates the voyage of Columbus

Monday, October 24, 2011


P2.75: this issue shows the region's rich aquatic birdlife, including a nesting colony of Lesser Flamingoes and pelicans

CHAD / Tchad

170fr: this issue shows a rural mother with child and celebrates Doctors without Borders, an NGO providing critical services in Central Africa


100fr: this 1984 issue shows floating logs down rivers to export markets; forestry remains a critical industry in the Congo.

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

15c and B1: two values from the 1993 Endemic Birds issues of Ethiopia. These show the little-known Banded Barbet and White Billed Starling.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


500fr: the island of Maskali, off Djibouti's coast, is a haven for many species of seabirds. This issue dates from 1998.

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

B2: this issue celebrates the 60th anniv. of Ethiopian Airlines, one of the most reliable carriers serving the continent


$16: the Jambo, a local fruit, is shown on this 1992 flora issue

The GAMBIA / Gambie

D4: a Savannah Lion stands at attention on this fauna issue; sadly, the Gambia has lost many of its large mammal species due to habitat conversion in recent years

EQUATORIAL GUINEA / Guinee Equatorale

300fr: this is the first postally used stamp from Equatorial Guinea displayed on this blog; this small country's capital is on the island of Bioko, and it's stamp issues are not well-documented. This issue, from the World Cup of 1986, was used on mail almost a decade later.


300fr: this 1990 issue celebrates the World Soccer Cup elimination round

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

155fr: this 1990 stamp shows a map of Africa, flags and letters to celebrate the region's Ecole Superieur des Postes

NAMIBIA / Namibie

N$1.50: the Jackass Penguin, named for its braying, donkey-like call, is seen here diving off the Cape Coast

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

50fr: a dove of peace rises above a map of Cote d'Ivoire in this 2004 issue symbolizing the country's reconciliation and cessation of hostilities


3s, 20s: Two issues from a definitive birds series show the Three-banded Plover and Red-headed firefinch, both savannah species

The GAMBIA / Gambie

D3: the bird of paradise, a tropical heliconia species, is featured in bold colors on this flora issue

Saturday, October 15, 2011


15s on 60s, 3s: these stamps are two values from a definitive birds series and feature the Orange-throated Longclaw and the Southern Crowned Crane


4s: this lovely Lepidoptera issue features the aply named Mountain Beauty


125fr: this overprinted issue shows a local variety of sheep raised in forest zones


6s: this WWF issue shows the African Wild Cat (Felis lybica), a widespread but very secretive species that inhabits most of Africa's habitats, from grasslands to forest and mountain areas

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


250fr: the national soccer team of Cameroon, the Indomitable Lions are the theme of this 2002 stamp, which also features longtime Pres. Paul Biya


50fr, 60fr: Two fauna issues from 1980 show the lowland gorilla and rhinoceros, both endangered species in Cameroon

Dem. Rep. CONGO / R. D. CONGO

50fr: this overprinted issue is one of the first issues of Dem. Rep. of Congo after it changed its name from Zaire, and shows local mushrooms


225fr: this issue celebrates a 1997 meeting of the Heads of State of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific nations, which took place in Libreville, Gabon's capital


200fr: this 1995 issue shows archaelogical fragments recovered of a ceramic vessel dating from the 8th century

Sunday, October 9, 2011

ERITREA / Eritree

3Nfa: Pictured here are two marine reef species: the Lunar-tailed Grouper and Golden Jacks

ERITREA / Eritiree

3Nfa: this marine fauna issue shows the Moon Wrasse, Purple Moon Angelfish and a Two-banded Anemonefish


c2000: this delightfully illustrated issue is entitled "Preparation for Christmas"

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

B1: The native tree species Hagenia abyssinica is the theme of this lovely flora issue

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

COMOROS / Iles Comores

125fr: this showy 1985 issue depicts the fungi species Sarcoscypha coccinea

GAMBIA / Gambie

10b: this Commonwealth Day issue shows local river transport, a necessity to cross the River Gambia


Sh.4: this showy Papilio spp. is from a definitive butterflies set. The clear town cancel is from Mombasa.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Sh. 25: This 2008 issue celebrates men's athletics, showing Kenyan runners under a victorious flag; Kenyan runners have excelled in world races over many years.


Sh. 9: this colorful issue shows the rural activity of tree planting, to retain soil and reduce erosion. Nobel laureate Waangari Maathai made headlines with her Kenyan NGO advocating tree planting.

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