Friday, December 28, 2012

GUINEA / Guinee'

100fr: this lovely 1987 WWF issue shows an overprinted value, and features an African wild dog chasing a savannah antelope


c7,300: another design in the oversized and very attractive series showing patterns of local Kente weaving

Monday, December 24, 2012


50s: Scouting 75th anniv. is featured on this 1982 large format issue


$1.60: Wattled Cranes are featured on this 1995 birdlife set

Thursday, December 20, 2012

EQUATORIAL GUINEA / Guinee Equatoriale

350fr: this 1991 issue shows one of the sailing ships of Columbus, and bears the symbol of the 500th anniv. of discovery

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


10b: 25b: Two WWF issues showing local savannah mammals. Seen here are the Serval and the Harnessed Antelope.

Friday, December 14, 2012


225fr: this colorful scene shows a traditional burial procession of a notable chief of the Teke ethnic group


75fr: this 1992 issue shows skiers and celebrates the winter olympics held at Albertville, France


P2.60: this 2006 issue shows a map of the regional population density of Botswana

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

65fr: this lovely birds issue shows the Western Crowned Crane, a striking resident of savannah areas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


100fr: this 1987 issue shows an insect species harmful to local cacao production

SOUTH AFRICA / Afrique du Sud

Two recent intl rate bird stamps show the White-bellied Sunbird and the Black Oystercatcher


80mt: the Cyrtanthus bloom is the theme of this flora issue from 1988

Saturday, December 8, 2012

MAURITIUS / Ile Maurice

Rs. 5: this 2003 WWF issue shows the Echo Parakeet, a critically rare endemic island species that has an interesting conservation history. It was bred in captivity from just a dozen birds in the 1980s, later being released into its native forest habitat, and flocks now number in the hundreds.


40um: this issue shows runners competing in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics


6.50: this 2003 issue celebrates the close ties and relations between Morocco and the People's Rep. of China; the image shows a blending of the two nations' flags and emblems


10fr: this 2010 issue is from a long set celebrating the 50th anniv. of Mali's independence

The GAMBIA / Gambie

50b: this flora issue shows the seeds of the Castor Oil Plant, which has a variety of medicinal uses such as an insecticide, an antibacterial agent, and as a motor oil substitute.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Sh. 5.50: the Reticulated or Somali Giraffe is seen feeding in this WWF issue; this sub-species is found from Ethiopia to N. Kenya


$2.90: Horticulture, an important part of rural life in this largely agricultural country
$2: the Tilapia and other freshwater fish are pictured in this Biodiversity issue, from a recent definitive series

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


K140: this 2011 Christmas issue shows a traditional scene of wise men offering gifts at the birth of Jesus


4.80: the Seal of Marrakech is pictured on this 1994 cultural heritage issue

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Standard Rate: this lovely 1997 bird issue features the Rosy-faced Lovebird, a chirping, gregarious parrot of the arid plains including the Namib Desert


250fr: this 1989 issue celebrates the 200th anniv. of the French Revolution with a historical scene

ZAMBIA / Zambie

K1000 on K700: this overprint issue increased the value of the original, which had been issued in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniv. of the UN

Thursday, November 8, 2012


85c: this brightly colored flora issue from 1993 shows some of the endemic succulent plants and flowers from the Namaqualand region


E2: the Cape Clawless Otter is a water-loving species found diving and feeding in fresh water streams

Thursday, November 1, 2012


500fr: this 2010 issue celebrates the 50th anniv. of nationhood of Senegal, and shows symbols of the country including its flag, the baobab, lion and others


Standard Rate: two of ten stamps from a birds sheetlet, featured here are the Saddlebill stork and the Water Dikkop or Thick-Knee


34fr: the Waterbuck is shown on this large game mammal issue, and inhabits several of the nation's parks such as Akagera

Saturday, October 20, 2012


54c: a Chameleon is perched in an Ylang-ylang tree on this 2007 issue from the tiny French Indian Ocean territory of Mayotte


E2: Lilium davidii is featured on this issue showing popular garden flowers


domestic rate: this 2009 stamp shows a landscape painting by local artist James Jali, entitled "Countryside"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


300fr: this lovely issue features the Fire-crowned Bishop, a seedeater of the savannah region, and a member of the African Weaver family (Ploceidae).


100fr: Iridescent beetles are shown on this colorful microfauna issue


K1.60: this lovely 1986 Christmas stamps shows local children's art

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SOUTH AFRICA / Afrique du Sud

R20: this high value 1997 stamp shows the African Fish Eagle, a celebrated denizen of lakes and rivers in east and southern Africa


1000fr: this 2010 issue shows typical local handcrafts; this trade is important as the country has seen a rise in tourism in recent years

Friday, September 28, 2012

TUNISIA / Tunisie

250: the Friguia Animal Park is featured on this lovely 2003 issue, showing some of the fauna species on display for visitors


7,80: this 2007 stamp celebrates the anniv. of the 1975 "Marche Verte," a campaign by the Moroccan royalty to liberate and restore territory lost to Spain in their occupation of Western Sahara.


5c: the Merlin of Bristol is featured on this low deomination stamp from a definitive series showing historic sailing vessels


35c: the Pangolin, or Scaly Anteater is a widespread nocturnal mammal found in savannah and mixed forest habitats.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


4fr: This lovely fauna issue shows antelopes drinking at a waterhole in Akagera National Park. This large nature reserve covers 1,200km in eastern Rwanda, on the border with Tanzania.

Monday, September 17, 2012


250fr: this 2006 issue shows the local village tradition of wrestling, a popular spectator sport. The stamp was clearly cancelled in the town of Popenguine, south of Dakar.


Sh. 400: the Sykes' Blue Monkey is featured on this lovely native fauna issue

Monday, September 10, 2012


R10: this amazing constellation issue from the outer isles of the Seychelles shows mangrove islets by twilight, and the stars forming Scorpio in the night sky


800 Sh: this lovely tourism issue shows sites in East Africa; pictured here is a scene of the Maruhubi Palace ruins on the island of Zanzibar

Monday, September 3, 2012


25c: this 2011 issue shows the Harare Railway Station. As seen here, stamps are now denominated in U.S. dollars or fractions

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