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22 January, 2020

Stamp of approval for our Wet Tropics tree dwellers

Australia Post has released a set of stamps showcasing tree dwelling mammals from the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and has launched nationally.

By Rhys Thomas

Australia Post has released a set of stamps showcasing tree dwelling mammals from the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and has launched nationally.

The Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo, the Lemuroid Ringtail Possum and the Spectacled Flying-fox have all been selected to be the faces of the new line of stamps.

Australia Post consulted with experts from the Wet Tropics Management Authority to develop the stamp designs as well as renowned wildlife artist Kevin Stead who illustrated the stamps.

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is the most biodiverse area of Australia housing some 3,300 plant species, 40 percent of Australia’s bird species and 60 percent of Australia’s butterfly species.

Senior Project Officer for the Authority, Terry Carmichael, said the stamp set was a great tool to help shine a light on some of the Wet Tropics’ incredible creatures and the threats they face to their continued existence.

“It is fantastic to see the Wet Tropics unique animals getting some exposure,” he said.

“I am sure many Australians would not know we have tree kangaroos and stunning lemuroid possums living in the tops of giant rainforest tree in northern Australia.

“In Australia we take a lot of our living national heritage for granted, these stamps will help raise the level of consciousness of these incredible animals in the minds of Australians.”

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