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information on Korean stamp
Date of Issue : 2022.06.03
Types : 2
Denomination : 430 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3596
Printing Process
& Colors
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Size of Stamp : 40× 30
: 4 × 4
Image Area : 40× 30
Paper : null
Perforation : 14 × 13¼
Printer : POSA
Designer : Kim Mihwa
Quantity : 640,000
Wild animals whose populations are significantly decreasing or are threatened with extinction in recent years due to natural threats or human disturbance are being designated and protected as “endangered species” in Korea. In light of this, Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamps Endangered Species Saved from Extinction depicting the crested ibis (Nipponia nippon) and the Korean fox (Vulpes vulpes peculiosa) that have been restored from extinction to raise public awareness of endangered species in Korea as well as publicize related ecological efforts. The crested ibis (Nipponia nippon), which belongs to the family Threskiornithidae, features gray feathers on the head, neck, back and chest during their breeding season from March to June. Their entire body then turns to light orange from October, but they appear white from a distance. This species was last observed at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in 1979 before disappearing out of sight for over four decades. Now with the efforts of the Upo Crested Ibis Restoration Center in Changnyeong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, they have returned back to their habitat in the mountains and meadows. In March 2020, a male crested ibis that was released to the wild last year was found some 190 km away in Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do Province. The Korean fox (Vulpes vulpes peculiosa) could be spotted throughout the country until the 1960s, but the mouse-hunting campaign caused consequential damages and destroyed habitats that lead to a drop in the population of Korean foxes. They were assumed to be extinct in Korea after the 1980s until a fox carcass was found in Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do Province in 2004, raising the possibility of its survival. Wildlife restoration projects have since been ongoing from 2012 to present in Sobaeksan National Park. Currently, the park is home to 90 foxes that are adapting to nature before being released into the wild. The commemorative stamps feature images of crested ibises flying gracefully over the skies of the Korean Peninsula every year and a Korean fox that have returned to nature thanks to the continuous nationwide interest and effort. We hope these commemorative stamps serve as an opportunity to appreciate the two endangered species that have been saved from extinction, and inspire you to reflect on what more can be done.