Friday, May 1, 2009

Taiwan Features Pandas on Stamps and Sheet

Having previously issued “Cute Animal Series Postage Stamps—Lesser Panda” on April 25, 2007, Taiwan’s Chunghwa Post is following up with a set of two stamps and a miniature sheet featuring the giant pandas Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, which were offered as a gift to the Taipei Zoo by China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits. The stamp showing Tuan Tuan is denominated at NT$5.00 while Yuan Yuan is denominated at NT$9.00. The miniature sheet is denominated at NT$25.00.

The giant panda is a charming and adorable animal. It has a face of a cat and a chubby body of a bear. At birth, it weighs only 50 to 160 grams and its body appears reddish, bare and shiny. It is reared by the mother alone. It will become independent from its mother when it reaches 18 months. A grown-up panda is stout. It is about 160 to 180 centimeters in height when standing straight, and it weighs about 80 to 125 kilograms. The fur around its eyes and on its ears, limbs, chest and back is black, and the fur on the rest of its body is white. The black and white of its coat provides a stark contrast. It has thick skin and fur, and is not afraid of the cold. Bamboo is the giant panda’s main food source. It uses its sixth toe on its paws to grasp poles of bamboo. Currently, wild populations of pandas exist only in
China—in the Sichuan Basin of Sichuan Province and the
Mountains of
Province. As a result of various factors, a low fertility rate, excessive hunting, destruction of habitat, and the lowering of genetic diversity, the wild population has rapidly dwindled. Yet, with the growing intrest about conservation and the concerted efforts of many, it is currently well protected.
New Issue DetailsFirst day of issue: January 20, 2009Sheet composition: 20 subjects (5 x 4)Paper used: Phosphorescent stamp paper

Photographer: Hung-hi Ko
Printer: China Color Printing Co., Ltd.

Stamp size: 40 x 30 (mm)

Printing Process: Deep etch offset

Perforation: 11½

Size of miniature sheet: 90 x 70 (mm)

Perforation of miniature sheet: 12

A First Day cover of the issue:

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