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Stamp Collecting Month endeavours to interest children in the hobby of stamp collecting and occurs in October each year. Australia Post staff members engage with primary school children and teachers, explaining the background to stamps and stamp collecting through a specially selected theme. This year's theme was Australian Zoos.

Melbourne Zoo marks its 150th anniversary this year and was Australia's first zoo. Established at Royal Park in 1862, the zoo is now involved in numerous international endangered species breeding programs and conservation campaigns, including a captive breeding program for the Sumatran Tiger.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo was Australia's first open range zoo opening at Dubbo in 1977. The zoo plays an important role in education and conservation of wildlife such as the Black Rhino, native to eastern and central regions of Africa.

Since 1916, Taronga Zoo has been renowned for its care and presentation of wildlife. Visitors to the zoo are able to discover and learn about over 3,500 animals, including Giraffes. These amazing animals are found throughout Africa, south of the Sahara Desert.

Adelaide Zoo was established in 1883, and is home to over 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, including the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere - Wang Wang and Funi. Today only around 1,600 Giant Pandas live in the wild in south-western China.

Perth Zoo was established in 1898 and is a favourite West Australian icon. The zoo has a specialist expertise in breedfor-release programs for threatened species and is a world leader in breeding Sumatran Orangutans - one of our most endangered primates.

Australia Zoo is located on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. It is the largest privately owned zoological facility in Australia, and is best known for its "Conservation through Exciting Education" pioneered by owner Steve Irwin ("The Crocodile Hunter") and his wife Terri. Today Australia Zoo directly contributes to many conservation projects within Australia and overseas.

Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria opened in 1934, and is dedicated to the conservation of native fauna including the Platypus, Tasmanian Devil and Leadbeater's Possum. The sanctuary's oldest animal, as well as one of its most popular, is Jess the Wedge-tailed Eagle.

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