Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Finland 2016 - Endangered Species I

ISSUE DATE: 9 September 2016
 STAMP DESIGN: Petteri Mattila

Endangered animals sheet in collaboration with WWF. Petteri Mattila has designed a new stamp sheet of 30 stamps featuring three endangered animal species found in Finnish nature: the Saimaa ringed seal, the pygmy damselfly and the lesser white-fronted goose.

The 1st class stamps will be released in cooperation with WWF Finland. The reverse sides of the stamps contain information on the species and their protection and the protection work done by WWF.

The critically endangered species featured on the stamps face many threats, including climate change and other changes to their habitats. However, the ringed seal population has actually increased thanks to conservation work: the species, which had been hunted to the brink of extinction, has been protected since 1955, and WWF began its conservation work in 1979. 

The Saimaa ringed seal population is currently estimated at 320.

Stamp images and description thanks to Posti