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05 October 2010
24/2010
Commemorative Issue

Wildlife Caring: Rescue to Release

Australia
Stamp Collecting Month 2010 is focused on wildlife caring, introducing children to the important work that an army of volunteers undertake everyday. The release of this issue coincides with Wildlife Awareness Month, which aims to raise public consciousness of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Australia has no national organisation for responding to wildlife emergencies. But many independent associations have been established nationwide. They are of varying size and sophistication, and typically operate thanks mainly to their dedicated volunteer members. Two of the largest are Wildlife Victoria and, in NSW, WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service).

Native animals are injured and orphaned in great numbers by both natural and human-induced trauma, such as sickness, bushfires, oil spills, floods and road accidents. The principles and practice of wildlife caring revolve around three Rs: rescue, rehabilitation and release. The intention of carers is to tend to injured and orphaned animals with minimal human intervention, so that they remain

Common Wombat  

Common Wombat

Eastern Grey Kangaroo  

Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Koala  

Koala

Grey-headed Flying Fox  

Grey-headed Flying Fox

Southern Boobook  

Southern Boobook

Ringtail Possum  

Ringtail Possum

Technical Information

Issue date..................... 5 October 2010
FDI withdrawal date......2 November 2010
Denominations.............. 5 x 60c (se-tenant strip of 5), 1 x $1.20
Stamp/product design... Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer...........................McKellar Renown
Paper (gummed, s/a).....Tullis Russell/B100 s/a stamp paper
Printing process............ Lithography
Stamp size....................26mm x 37.5mm
Perforations...................14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layouts................ Modules of 50 (2 x 25 se-tenant)
Special feature.............. Decorative gutter
National postmark..........Sanctuary Cove, Qld 4212
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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