Friday, May 25, 2012


400fr: the Common or Persian Jackal is shown on this 1994 issue, and is a furtive native of savannah, desert and scrubland in the Horn of Africa, often following large carnivores to scavenge carrion

COMOROS / Archipel des Comores

125fr: this 2006 issue celebrates the birth of Leopold Senghor, a modern Senegalese poet and statesman revered across Africa


60s: this local flora issue shows a wild purple geranium

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

400fr: Tourist sites are featured on this 1998 issue, showing the rocks of Ahouakro

Friday, May 18, 2012


c200: this lovely design was issued for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and shows a leopard resting in a tree's branches

ETHIOPIA / Ethiopie

50c: Ethiopia's Omo National Park is featured on this 1999 issue, showing typical fauna of the region. The lower Omo River area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980, being the site of the oldest known fossil remains of Homo sapiens, dating back 195,000 years.


c9000: colorful Kente weaving patterns are featured on this stamp design

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

150fr: the International Marathon of Abidjan is featured on this colorful 1992 issue, showing the flags of participant country runners

Monday, May 14, 2012

GUINEA / Guinee'

2000fr: this colorful recent flora issue shows the flower of a plant in the Mimosaceae family

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

100fr: this 1999 flora issue shows the bulbous growth and flowers of a native orchid species


c100: the Black-headed Heron is shown as part of a native fauna se-tenant sheetlet

Thursday, May 10, 2012


225fr: this 1998 issue celebrates the World Cup, showing two soccer players against a collage of national flags

GUINEA / Guinee'

150fr: this 2004 issue shows an image of Pope John Paul II, who visited Guinea in 1992 during his extensive pastoral travels


50l, R2.50: reef fish are a popular theme for these low lying islands; seen here are the Yellow-breasted Wrasse and the Blue lined Sturgeonfish

The GAMBIA / Gambie

D1: the Gambia has issued several large format art stamp designs, such as these works - Gladioli by Vincent van Gogh (at left) and the Knight of Malta by Titian (below)

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

600fr+20fr: Ivory Coast is one of the few African countries to issue semi-postal stamps, which have an added value, usually for social causes. This 2002 issue celebrates the World Cup, hosted by Korea and Japan.


500fr: this large and colorful issue of 1983 celebrates the 200th anniv. of the first ascension of a manned air balloon


Sh. 3: two members of the Kisii tribe are pictured on this traditional costumes issue. This group, also known as the AbaGusii, live in the region of Nyanza and number some 2.2 million.


Sh. 600: this colorful reef scene celebrates tourism on Mafia Island, the southernmost of the Spice islands of Tanzania. With a size of 394 sq. km., this island is a tourist destination for lovers of beaches and snorkeling.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Sh. 9, Sh. 12.50: these stamps feature the Maendeleo ya Wanawake organization's activities for rural development and environmental care


200fr, 300fr: this 2010 flora issue shows endemic species such as the Rhopalocarpus and the Pentachlaena spp., among the 12,000 plants native to Madagascar
2000fr: This lovely souvenir sheet shows a yellow Oncidium orchid


60t: this colorful UNICEF issue promotes the rights of children
7t: this issue celebrates Malawi's national parks, showing antelope herds in the savannah regions. Notable parks include Kasungu, Nyika, Lake Malawi and the Vwaza March.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


140fr: this colorful 1995 UN 50th anniv. issue show varied national flags and the UN emblem with a grain of wheat held in the foreground


500fr: the small isles of Nosy Iranja are pictured on this 2007 issue showing tourist sites; off the NW tip of Madagascar, these isles are known for the Hawksbill turtles that come annually to lay eggs in the isles' white sands

MAURITIUS / Ile Maurice

R8: this issue celebrates the anniv. of the World Meteorological Org. with an impressive satellite view of the island situated amidst a huge storm system in the Indian Ocean


1350fr: two iridescent beetles are shown on this 1998 stamp celebrating the island's biodiversity

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

MAURITANIA / Mauritanie

8um on 40um: this oversized Islamic art air mail issue is stunning and intricate, showing a scene of a prince's court from 14th cent. Egypt


3fr: the Children's Carnival is celebrated on this French territory's colorful 1998 issue


2t, 7t, 8t, 20t: Lake Malawi Cichlids, from a former definitive series showing some of the most spectacular endemic fish species among over 500 species native to the lake.


10t: a Hippo grazes on a riverbank on this local fauna issue; conflicts with hippos grazing in African gardens lead to many injuries and fatalities each year

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