02 May 2020
Guernsey have also issued a miniature sheet stamp showing the Kordofan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis antiquorum), which is classified as critically endangered on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List.
This is the thirteenth mini sheet in Guernsey’s Endangered Species series and was issued on 2 May 2020.
With fewer than 2,000 now living across West Central Africa, the Kordofan giraffe, a subspecies of the Northern giraffe, is one of the smallest species of giraffe, at five to six metres tall.
Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post said:
“Alarmingly, giraffe populations have declined by over 40% in the last three decades with only around 111,000 left in the wild. The huge challenge lies in protecting these wonderful creatures, as the Kordofan giraffe occupies some of the most unstable regions in the world: southern Chad, the Central African Republic, northern Cameroon and northern Democratic Republic of Congo.
“We have chosen to dedicate our latest stamp depicting the Kordofan Giraffe to renowned wildlife artist, Joel Kirk, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Joel created the beautiful illustrations for each of the miniature sheets in our Endangered Species series.”