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Philately Newsletters 2020

Squirrels

The richness of Namibia’s fauna is not limited to large creatures. Some of the smaller, less

conspicuous animals are often overlooked – even though they might be quite common.

Four species of squirrel occur in Namibia, although many know only the most widespread,

the South African ground squirrel. Enjoy learning about the others by collecting the stamps.

Squirrels of Namibia

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers are widespread around the world, occurring on most continents. Yet southern Africa’s woodpeckers have seldom appeared on stamps – and never on Namibian stamps. Five species occur in our country, and we’ve decided to depict all of them in this issue.

Woodpeckers of Namibia

Batises

If you were asked, ‘What is a batis?’ would you be able to answer that it may also refer to

a type of beautiful small bird, and that two species of batis occur in Namibia? We present

them to you in our August stamp release – so now you have that answer ready.

Batises of Namibia

Kites

With their habit of hovering in one place while searching for prey, kites are particularly

fascinating. They have motivated us to build our own kites on strings, which we dispatch

into the sky to soar and hover on the wind – in a similar manner to the birds that inspired

them.

Kites of Namibia

Philately Newsletters 2019

The year 2019 offers another selection of beautiful Namibian stamps: It’s been mostly forgotten that Walvis Bay was named after the once-prolific whales in our waters. The six whale stamps celebrate a selection of the threatened mariners – some of which are making a comeback in    the Atlantic. Cuckoos are fascinating birds that don’t raise their own young, but rather sneak their eggs into the nests of others – weird and wonderful nature. Africa’s large cats are universally celebrated; in Namibia they occur in healthy numbers in unique environments – and keep  surprising us with their adaptability... Delightful stamps celebrating not just our stunning biodiversity, but also our country’s conservation successes. Enjoy collecting them – and learning about our natural heritage!

Whales of Namibia

Whales are the largest animals on Earth: The famous blue whale can weigh as much as 50 adult elephants! But there are also many small, little-known whales, and quite a few of them occur in the nutrient-rich waters of the Benguela Current along the Namibian coast.

Whales of Namibia

Cuckoos of Namibia

Cuckoos are brood parasites – they lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species, fooling these into raising the cuckoo chicks. This may lead to incredible scenarios, when for example a red-eyed bulbul feeds a jacobin cuckoo chick that is several times the size of the adult bulbul.

Cuckoos of Namibia

Large Felines of Namibia

With their tremendous power, stealth and speed, the big cats of Africa are fascinating and frightening in equal parts. Modern scientific study and a wealth of imagery recorded by tourists, naturalists and remote camera traps are showing us forever new aspects of the complex lives of these wonderful predators.

Large Felines of Namibia

Philately Newsletters 2018

From Ox-Wagon to Airplane in Namibia

Transport and travel are fundamental to our modern existence,
and have shown an incredible transformation over the last century. The ox wagon first came to Namibia around two hundred years ago. While oxen, donkeys and horses are still used to pull carts and sand sleds across parts of rural Namibia today, tourists now explore our country’s wonderful places in four-wheel-drives and charter airplanes.

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Francolins and Spurfowl of Namibia

Francolins are found across most of central and northern Namibia, yet few people know that there are half a dozen different species, each locally common in ideal habitat in different parts of the country. Many are extremely well-camouflaged and often overlooked. Spurfowl is just another name used for some francolin species.

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Small Felines of Namibia

For many millennia, the grace, the agility and the playful nature of cats have fascinated, charmed and inspired us. While Namibia’s large cats – the lion, the leopard and the cheetah – are
universally celebrated and admired, our four small felines are known mostly to farmers and conservationists.

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Whales of Namibia 

 The stamps portray one species from each family of whales recorded from Namibian waters. The result is a wonderfully diverse collection including several of the lesser-known species, as well as the famous blue and southern right whales




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