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Australia: Threatened Wildlife

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Four Australian animals that are threatened with extinction are featured in this Threatened Wildlife stamp issue.

The Grey-headed Flying-fox is Australia's largest bat and can be found along the eastern coast of Australia from Bundaberg in Queensland to Melbourne and as far west as Warrnambool on the Victorian coast.

Weighing around 45 grams, the Mountain Pygmy-possum resides in the alpine and sub-alpine zone above 1400 metres in Victoria and New South Wales. This Pygmy-possum is found in only four alpine locations and has a breeding population of only around 2000.

The Flatback Turtle is so named due to its smooth, flat, yellow-grey or olive-grey shell and measures around a metre in length, weighing up to 90 kilograms.

The Wandering Albatross has the largest wingspan of all flying birds. It nests on small islands in the Southern Ocean, including Australia's Macquarie Island.

Issue date - 26 June 2007

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