Australia Post Maximum Card – Bush Babies – Koala Baby
A Great picture of a koala mother and its baby. On this card depicting Australian native fauna released by Australia Post we get another lovely bush image of a koala mother with its newborn. There are 4 cards in this series with each one depicting a different native wildlife baby and its parent. They all have been postmarked for the first day of release at Gumly Gumly in New South Wales. on 1st July 2009. This one bears the $1.15 postage stamp. A stunning set of maximum cards with fantastic photography. Send one overseas and delight foreign friends and family, Another highly collectible maximum card from Australia Post.
The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia, and the only extantrepresentative of the family Phascolarctidae. The koala is found in coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia, from near Adelaide to the southern part of Cape York Peninsula. Populations also extend for considerable distances inland in regions with enough moisture to support suitable woodlands. The koalas of South Australia were largely exterminated during the early part of the 20th century, but the state has since been repopulated with Victorian stock. The koala is not found inTasmania or Western Australia. The scientific name of the koala’s genus, Phascolarctos, is derived from Greek phaskolos”pouch” and arktos “bear”. Its species name, cinereus, is Latin and means “ash-coloured”.Although the koala is not a bear, English-speaking settlers from the late 18th century first called it koala bear due to its similarity in appearance to bears. Although taxonomically incorrect, the name koala bear is still in use today outside Australia— its use is discouraged because of the inaccuracy in the name. Other descriptive English names based on “bear” have included monkey bear, native bear, and tree-bear.