Monday, April 16, 2012

100th anniversary of the zoo of Riga


Just when I finished publishing my previous post I discovered that Latvia has just issued a nice frog stamp! It is part of a set of three stamps issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Riga zoo.

Here are the stamps that have been designed by the artist Ludis Danilans.


The stamp with a face value of LVL 0.35, intended for mailing a regular letter within Latvia, features the king of the animals, the lion. Lions have always a lot of success in zoos. It is sometimes considered to be the symbol of Riga as golden lions holding a shield are also depicted in the current coat of arms of Riga

The stamp with a face value of LVL 0.55, intended for mailing a regular letter within the European Union, depicts an animal which is less common : a kiang. The kiangs of Riga Zoo been part of its collection since 1957. Up until 1980 they were the only members of their species in zoos outside China. 

Finally, the stamp with a face value of LVL 0.60, intended for mailing a regular letter to any country outside the European Union, displays a tree frog. The European tree frog was included in the stamp series because of the project initiated in 1988 by the specialists of Riga Zoo for the restoration of this amphibian species in Latvia. 

The small sheet contains also a label with postal value picturing the zoo entrance.

A first day ceremony has been held in the zoo. Here is a picture of the FDC of the set.


The frog stamp has also been issued in the form of a booklet for the World Philatelic Exhibition held in Essen, Germany.

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