Adventurer encourages Australians to learn about “Things that Sting”

Adventurer and wildlife warrior, Ben Southall, has joined Australia Post in calling on stamp collectors of all ages to observe the “Things that Sting” during Stamp Collecting Month (SCM) this October.

The winner of the ‘Best Job in the World’ and former ‘Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef’ has spent much of his life helping to conserve wildlife living in their natural habitat, and is encouraging students across the nation to learn about and appreciate Australia’s unique and varied wildlife.

The Things that Sting stamp issue for this year’s Stamp Collecting Month features six spectacular creatures including the European Wasp, Bull Ant, Tiger Snake, Reef Stonefish, Common Lionfish and the Bluespotted Fantail Ray.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said he hopes this year’s stamp issue would inspire students to explore and learn more about Things that Sting.

“It’s great to have a wildlife conservationist like Ben on board to help spread the important message of safety and respecting animals in their natural habitat,” Mr Zsolt said.

“I’ve always felt at home in the great outdoors and it’s no secret Australia has numerous insects and animals that can sting or bite as a form of defence. Sharing the environment with these creatures means you can sometimes be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Ben said.

“That’s why it’s important to learn to identify potentially dangerous insects and animals and take sensible precautions to avoid being stung or bitten. It’s a great thrill to team up with Australia Post and showcase a few of Australia’s spectacular wildlife creatures through Stamp Collecting Month,” he said.

This year’s Things that Sting stamp issue is supported by a dedicated online education resource for teachers, parents and students. The website includes information and facts on each of the creatures featured, as well as lesson ideas and activities, animated stamp images and much more.

There is a range of special collectables associated with this stamp issue which comprise a Land and Sea stamp pack, Bull Ant postal and numismatic cover, two medallion covers and a board game stamp pack.

Other products include a minisheet, first day cover, stamp pack, set of six maxicards, booklet of 20 x 70c self-adhesive stamps and six gutter strips of 10 x 70c stamps with designs.

The Things that Sting stamps and associated products are available from 23 September 2014 at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.

For more information on Stamp Collecting Month and this year’s Things that Sting stamp issue, including educational activities, visit the SCM website.

*Story thanks to Garrards “Pest Review” Vol 20 No 4