UN issues stamps featuring newly listed endangered species
UN postal administration has issued stamps, featuring 12 species newly listed for protection under CITES (Convention on international trade in endangered species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
What is CITES:
- It is an international agreement between governments
- It ensures that commercial trade in wild plants and animal species do not threaten the survival of these species
- It is legally binding on parties that are signatory to the convention
- CITES classifies plants and animals according to three categories, based on threat perception
The stamps are issued in different denominations and a group of four endangered species are featured on each stamp.
The species featured on the stamps are:
- Thresher sharks: They are highly migratory pelagic predators but their low reproductive rate makes them highly vulnerable to overfishing
- Blaine’s pincushion: It is also known as Blaine’s fishhook cactus and is endemic to the US. The species is exceptionally tolerant to cold and drought
- Clarion angelfish: They are found predominantly in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Mexico. The main threats to their survival are low population numbers, restricted range, climate change and unregulated international trade
- Masobe gecko: They are nocturnal species endemic to eastern Madagascar forests. In addition to habitat loss and degradation, unregulated collection from the wild for international pet trade is a major threat to the Masobe gecko
- Caucasian tur: It is a wild goat native to the Caucasus mountains in Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Russian Federation. They are hunted as trophies as well as for food. Diverse threats include habitat loss, severe winters and competition with livestock
- Natal ginger: It is found in seasonally dry woodlands in tropical and subtropical Africa. Although habitat loss is a factor, large-scale commercial exploitation for herbal medicine trade by wild populations pose the most significant threat
- The Turquoise dwarf gecko: It only occurs in a few patches of forest in eastern Tanzania.
- Nautilus: Marine mollusks are native to tropical reefs of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. They are the last living representatives of multi-chambered, externally-shelled cephalopods that appeared at least 450m years ago. Habitat degradation, destructive fishing and unregulated exploitation pose significant threat to the species
- Devil rays: These are migratory animals with small and highly fragmented populations and are distributed across the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. They have the lowest fertility rates among all sharks
- The Green burrowing frog: It is only found in rain forests in eastern Madagasca
- Grandidier’s baobab: It is an endemic species, which is under pressure from massive exploitation for its fruits, seeds and seed oil
- Pygmy chameleons: They occur in continental African countries, and are restricted mostly to wet equatorial forests