South Africa Postal Services 2006 Issue
Design by Hantie Engelbrecht & Johan Schutte

Animal Tracks

South Africa Postal Service has issued 5 new stamps that have a postage value of Standard named "Animal Tracks" on the 15th of September 2006. The stamps are being issued to create awareness of today's need for skilled trackers in eco tourism, which are needed to find animals for observation and studying, or to be photographed, rather then hunting. Today, the art of reading animal tracks is becoming extinct as people move toward modern ways. In this issue each stamp depicts an animal and the tracks its makes. Each animal on the stamps is listed as follows:

  • Leopard (top left)
  • Spotted Hyena (top right)
  • Burchell's Zebra (middle left)
  • Warthog (middle right)
  • Giraffe (Bottom)
From these animal tracks a skilled tracker is able to interpret and understand the story behind each animal track found in the wild. Some examples of what a tracker can find out from a track are:
  • Shape of the print indicates the animal species and sex.
  • Depth of the print indicates the weight.
  • Strides of the prints indicate the age.
  • Difference in Depth of prints can indicate whether an animal is crippled or not.
  • Individual animals can be identified by looking at the specific walking and running habits visible from its tracks.
  • Animals feeding in a herd may crisscross and produce a large number of footprints.

"Animal Tracks" stamps can be purchased as a set of 5, Blocks, Sheets of 10 and FDC envelope. The size of each stamp is 38mm x 28.88mm with a Perforation size of 13 3/4 per 2cm reference. They will be printed by Enschede Secutity Printers, Netherlands using the Offset Lithography Printing process with 102 gsm paper and pva gum. A quantity of 50,000 sheets will be printed. Note: each track on each stamp will be imbossed.

Animal Tracks FDC Envelope

Animal Tracks FDC Stamp

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