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UNESCO stamps from France

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The France Post in cooperation with UNESCO issued two stamps dedicated to the species and sights protected by UNESCO. Particularly they illustrate African elephants and Stonehenge.

Two species of African elephants co-exist, Loxodonta africana or Savanna elephant and Loxodonta cyclotis or Forest elephant. The African elephant, recognizable by the bigger ears in comparison with its Asian cousin, is the largest land animal in the world. It can weigh up to 7 tons and measure up to 4 meters high. Its life expectancy is from 60 to 70 years. It eats more than 200 kg of vegetables per day. Despite the efforts to protect them, these large animals, whose population is about 600,000 units, thus half less than 30 years ago, are still endangered species.

Stonehenge is the sanctuary located in the County of Wiltshire in southern England. Stonehenge together with its neighbor of Avebury set the most famous megaliths in the world. They consist of circles of menhirs arranged according to astronomical references still unexplained by this day. These sacred places are incomparable witnesses of the prehistory. They could reveal architectural and technological practices as well as ceremonial and mortuary acts of Neolithic and Bronze Age. Stonehenge, which name means "suspended rocks", attracts over one million visitors each year.

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