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new Lithuania stamp issues
#223 by Audrius
Fri May 20, 2011 7:31 am
Name: Souvenir sheet ”LITHUANIAN ZOO“
Issue date: 2011 05 21

The zoological garden is a unique school of knowledge introducing visitors to natural and cultural values.
On the 1st of July 1938, the Kaunas Zoo was officially opened in the Mickevičius Valley under the initiative of naturalist Professor Tadas Ivanauskas. On the 4th of December 1958, the Kaunas Zoo was granted the name of a Republican Zoo.
The Zoo of Lithuania belongs to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and participates in the Programme on Breeding of Rare and Endangered Species. Also, it is a member of the International Zoo Educators Association and the International Species Information System.
The Lithuanian Zoo is a small 15,9 ha park located in the city centre where centennial oaks are growing. The park is decorated by art sculptures.
On the opening day, there were only 40 animals that had been brought by Professor Tadas Ivanauskas himself. Some animals were brought as gifts from the zoos of other countries. Nowadays, the number of animals living in the Zoo reaches 2500. More than 10 animal species living in the Zoo are included into the Red List of Lithuania, and more than 100 species are included into the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In the Zoo, the animals of 6 classes are kept: insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammalians.

Artist E. Paukštytė. Offset. Art paper.
Souvenir sheet 100,8x91mm. Stamp 29,6x38,5mm.

4 Lt – Giraffe.
4 Lt – Pelican.
4 Lt – Electric blue Jack Dempsey fish.
4 Lt – Polar bear.

Edition: 0,025 milion. Printed in “Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH” printing-house in Austria (Vienna).

Price LTL: 16.00
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#224 by Audrius
Fri May 20, 2011 7:48 am
Members of the Lithuania Philatelic forum immediately noticed incorrect description of some species. Specifically, the Old World White Pelican shown on the souvenir sheet should have be written as Pelecanus onocrotalus in Latin and Rausvasis pelikanas in Lithuanian. Thanks to Ričardas Vainora for this information.