Due to its geographical position, its various existing landforms and the climatic influences in the area, Romania has a large biodiversity of animal and vegetal species.
Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the Sport fishing and hunting postage stamps issue containing 4 stamps, which represent images of the following species: the chamois, the European hare, the mouflon and the trout.
The chamois can be mainly seen in rocky regions and alpine bare areas in the Carpathians, descending to forested areas in winter. Highly sensitive to temperature changes, the chamois is in the habit of choosing its place of living according to weather. It is a vigilant animal, endowed with highly developed hearing and smell, being also capable to perceive movement at long distances. It has an exclusively diurnal activity.
When in danger or warned by other peers, the chamois quickly withdraws in the least accessible places by making leaps of up to 2 meters high and 6 meters long.
The European hare lives on the entire territory of our country, preferring the wide, fertile, alternatively seeded plains, so that it can also enjoy thorn bush areas or small brushwood. The European hare is a lonely animal accustomed to its living grounds that does not move too far away from its birth place. It has mainly nocturnal activity. During the day it rests in holes dug into the ground, among the roots of trees or briers, in ploughed areas and generally in places protected against the wind.
The mouflon is the only representative of wild sheep from Europe, being brought to Romania in the interwar period. The mouflon prefers hill areas with an altitude between 300 and 500 m, where there are meadows near forests. With its short legs, it cannot move through high snow in winter, and thus it withdraws into valleys and on the southern slopes, which are less snowy.
The trout can be found in mountain rivers, being very choosy in terms of environmental conditions and needing cool, clear and rich in oxygen waters, with temperatures below 17-18°C. Its favourite places to rest and hunt are the hiding places between banks, the hollows between rocks and stones and the places under the tree roots on the banks of rivers.