Tristan Albatross on new stamps from Tristan da Cunha

This stamp issue, produced by the post of Tristan da Cunha in association with the World Wild Life Fund For Nature (WWF), depicts the Tristan Albatross (Diomedea dabbenena) which was only widely recognized as a full species in 1998. WWF is one of the world's leading conservation organizations working towards conservation and sustainability.

There are three breeding species of Albatross within the Tristan Group. The Tristan Albatross is considered the most endangered. Due to the difficulty in distinguishing them from the Wandering Albatrosses, their distribution at sea is not fully known, but satellite tracking has shown that they forage widely in the South Atlantic and feed mainly on fish and cephalopods. The Tristan Albatross is endemic to the Tristan da Cunha Group and most are found on Gough Island, indeed the majority of the world's population nest on Gough, which has around 1,500 pairs.

Originally all Albatrosses in Tristan da Cunha were threatened by introduced species, namely rats, cats and pigs but these have now been removed from breeding islands. This, however, has resulted in a population explosion in mice. Even though Albatross chicks are huge when compared to mice, they do not know how to defend themselves and are becoming regular victims of mouse attacks. The main threat to the Tristan Albatross is considered to be long line fishing and mice and in the past 50 years the population has decreased by some 25%.

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