Endangered Species: Asian Elephant

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The elephant is Earth's largest land animal, although the Asian elephant is slightly smaller than its African cousin.

Asian elephants can be identified by their smaller, rounded ears. Elephants’ ears are large as they are used to radiate heat, helping to keep these huge animals cool. But in the baking heat of India and Sri Lanka that isn't always enough; and elephants that are generally fond of water enjoy bathing and showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over themselves.

The elephants’ dexterous trunk is an amazing tool; essentially it’s a long nose with many functions. The trunk has over 100,000 different muscles and along with showering is used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things. Asian elephants have a fingerlike feature on the end of their trunk that they can use to pick up small items.


Date of Issue 25 February 2010
Designer Joel Kirk
Printer Osterreichische Staatsdruckerel GmbH
Values £3.07
Process Offset lithography
Stamp Size 69mm deep x 60mm wide
Paper 110gsm unwatermarkedPVA Adhesive
Perforation 14 x 14
Cylinder A