Wild animals have always been a source of fascination amongst children and it was this subject that was selected for the 1994 stamp issue that coincided with Stamp Month - a month long promotion each year that promotes stamp collecting among children.
The ten animals were carefully selected as being ones that children would recognise most readily. Most of them can also be found in zoos in New Zealand. Each stamp also presents a mini lesson in geography, with a small map showing where each animal comes from.
The Polar bear, Siberian tiger and Giant panda are found in three of the most forbidding regions on earth. Each has evolved to cope with harsh climatic extremes. The mountains of central and western China are the panda's only known habitat. Also rare is the magnificent Siberian tiger, the largest member of the cat family.
Africa means wild animals to many - the animals chosen from the jungles and open, grassy plains were the giraffe, African lion and African elephant along with the Plains zebra, the White rhinoceros and the hippopotamus. The spider monkey is found in the forests between Mexico and the southern part of the Amazon basin.
The stamps were produced in strips of ten with ten such strips (rows) to a full sheet of stamps. Each row of stamps on each sheet had the stamps in a different order, so no one stamp design appeared twice in the same position on any row of stamps.
Product listing for Wild Animals
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|Single Stamp||Single 45c Polar bear||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c Plains zebra||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c African giraffe||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c White rhinoceros||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c Hippopotamus||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c Spider monkey||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c African elephant||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c African lion||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c Giant panda||$0.45|
|Single Stamp||Single 45c Siberian tiger||$0.45|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$4.75|
|Maximum Card||Pre-paid souvenir cards featuring a stamp on the front and artwork from the stamp issue.||$10.00|
|Post Card||Set of 10 postcards||$5.50|
|Book||The Stamp of the Wild Animal||$12.95|
|Date of issue:||20 July 1994|
|Designer:||Denise Durkin, Wellington, NZ|
|Stamp size:||40mm x 28mm; Miniature Sheet 125mm x 100mm|
|Sheet size:||100 stamps per sheet; Miniature Sheet of six stamps|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 14.5|
|Paper type:||Coated Papers, red phosphor coated, unwatermarked|
|Period of sale:||Theses stamps remained on sale until 20 July 1995.|