This August for Stamp Collecting Month, Australia Post is calling on Australians to go on a Reef Safari with the release of five beautiful stamps showcasing some of the diverse and threatened species found on the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s main tourist destinations, attracting millions of visitors every year. The stamps, designed by Sonia Young of the Australia Post Design Studio, showcase five of the many different creatures that live on the reef such as Nautilus, Olive Sea Snake, Green Sea Turtle, Emperor Angelfish, and Grey Reef Shark.
One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. It consists of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. The length of this unique natural wonder is 2,300 kilometres. As the largest living structure on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef is even visible from space. The unique values of the Great Barrier Reef were recognised in 1975 when the Australian government created the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in order to protect the Reef. In 1981 the Reef was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This year has been declared the International Year of the Reef.
Jane Cohen, Australia Post General Manager of Consumer, said Stamp Collecting Month is an exciting way for young students to engage in thought-provoking themes.
"In the International Year of the Reef, we're encouraging children to learn more about the environment and biodiversity of Australia's Great Barrier Reef through the special Reef Safari stamp issue. The five stamps highlight the beauty and diversity of species living in the largest coral reef system in the world – the Grey Reef Shark, Green Sea Turtle, Nautilus, Olive Sea Snake and Emperor Angelfish," said Ms Cohen
"As one of the world's seven natural wonders and one of our most popular tourist locations, the Great Barrier Reef is home to billions of organisms, corals, and marine life. Sadly, climate change has placed the reef under pressure like never before, and we hope these stamps can highlight the things we can do to make a difference."
See also other colorful stamps devoted to animals.