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New Zealand Postal Services 2005 Issue
Design by Cue Design, Wellington

2005 Worldwide Fund for Nature - The Kakapo

New Zealand Postal Service will issue four new stamps that have a postage value of 45 Cents each named "2005 Worldwide Fund for Nature - The Kakapo" on the 3rd of August 2005. This stamp issue depicts an Endangered flightless parrot named "Kakapo" (Night Parrot). A giant non-aggressive flightless parrot that is soft, cuddly, lovable, and smart is being saved by the Worldwide Fund For Nature (WWF) organization. At one time this parrot was so plentiful that hunters could literally shake them out of the trees to eat; and now because of introduced species, land clearing, and hunting they are almost extinct. The WWF established on 11th of September 1961 has took on the challenge to save endangered wild life and one of its projects is the Kakapo. Now extinct from New Zealand the Kakapo has been moved onto offshore islands that have been designated reserves where they are being patiently encourage to breed. Today, there are 86 of these parrots, and if it were not for the WWF who invested extraordinary energy, resources and money to save these parrots, they would have been lost forever.

"2005 Worldwide Fund for Nature - The Kakapo" stamps can be purchased as singles, Set of 4, Sheets of 16, Various blocks, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 30mm x 40mm with a perforation size of 14. The stamps will be printed by Southern Color Print, New Zealand using the Offset Lithography printing process with Red Phosphor 104 gram/meter-square gummed stamp paper.

2005 Worldwide Fund for Nature - The Kakapo FDC

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