Apr 16, 2011

2011-WWF Safeguarding the Natural World FDC from GB

FDC Name:WWF Safeguarding the Natural World.
Issue date: 22nd MAR'2011
WWF is the world’s most experienced environmental charity and in 2011, it celebrates its 50th anniversary.Created in 1961, the World Wildlife Fund, as it was then known, was formed by a group of eminent wildlife experts who launched the conservation organisation to tackle environmental problems across the world.Royal Mail is issuing a total of 14 stamps to mark the anniversary of the foundation of the WWF. 2011 is the UN Year of Forests, and forests are the Post Europ theme and we will be celebrating this through a separate four-stamp miniature sheet that looks at the species of the Amazon Rain Forest.
1st Class – African Elephant
Elephants continue to face serious threats across their range. Although poaching of elephants for their ivory has declined since the 1989 worldwide ivory ban, a more long-term threat is the reduction of habitat in the face of expanding human populations.

1st Class – Mountain Gorilla
The mountain gorilla became known to science in 1902. Since then, they have endured uncontrolled hunting, war, disease, habitat destruction, and capture for the illegal pet trade.

1st Class – Siberian Tiger
The Amur or Siberian tiger is the largest sub-species of tiger and is primarily found in south-eastern Russia and northern China. In the 1960s it was close to extinction but its numbers recovered to around 450 today.
1st Class – Polar Bear
With 20-25,000 polar bears living in the wild, the species is not currently endangered, but its future is far from certain. If current warming trends continue, scientists believe that polar bears will be vulnerable to extinction within the next century.

1st Class – Amur Leopard
Due to extensive habitat loss and conflict with humans, the Amur leopard’s situation is critical. However, the fact that the Amur tiger recovered from a precarious state of less than 40 individuals some 60-70 years ago gives conservationists hope.

1st Class – Iberian Lynx
The Iberian lynx is classified as the world's most endangered cat. Habitat loss and degradation are contributing to this decline. Today, there are no more than 38 breeding females in the wild.

1st Class - Red Panda
The word panda comes from the Nepalese “poonya” which means bamboo eater. The red panda is known as the red cat bear or lesser panda. While it may be “lesser” in size than the giant panda, both species are threatened by less habitat and deforestation.

1st Class – Black Rhinoceros
Relentless poaching has seen the number of black rhino decline. Pressure escalated during the 1970s and 1980s because of rising demand for rhino horn in Asia and the Middle East and between 1970 and 1992, the black rhino suffered a 96% decline in numbers.
1st Class – African Wild Dog
African wild dogs are the size of medium domestic dogs and their coats are mottled in shades of brown, black and beige. They have large, rounded ears and dark brown circles around their eyes. One of Africa’s most endangered carnivores it is Red listed as an endangered species.
1st Class – Golden Lion Tamarin
The golden lion tamarin is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Only about 800 are left in the wild. The primary threats to this species’ survival are continued loss of forest habitat and population fragmentation due to agriculture and urban development.
WWF - Stamps Technical Details: 
Number of stamps-Ten
Design-Rose Design Consultants
Acknowledgements-African elephant © Bill Coster/Alamy; mountain gorilla © Steve Bloom/stevebloom.com; Siberian tiger © Konrad Wothe/Minden Pictures/National Geographic Stock; polar bear © Tom Mangelsen/naturepl.com; Amur leopard © Darren Green Photography/Alamy; Iberian lynx © Jose´ B Ruiz/naturepl.com; red panda © Heather Angel/Natural Visions; black rhinoceros © Art Wolfe/Getty Images; African wild dog © The Africa Image Library/Alamy; golden lion tamarin © Eric Gevaert/Alamy
Stamp Format-Square
Stamp Size-35mm x 35mm
Printer-Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé, France
Print Process-Lithography
Number per Sheet-25/50
Perforations-14.5 x 14
Phosphor-All over
Gum-PVA   (Source-Royal Mail)

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