Lions of the Chobe – new commemorative stamp produced by Botswana Post

Lions of the Chobe – new commemorative stamp produced by Botswana Post
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Botswana Post continues to play a significant role in nature conservation through the launch of a commemorative stamp celebrating one of the endangered but important species, the Lions of Chobe.

The Lions of the Chobe commemorative stamp is expected to follow suit in documenting Botswana. When launching the stamps, Botswana Tourism Organisation Acting Chief Executive Officer Thabo Brian Dithebe said it was significant that the Lions of Chobe where chosen because Botswana is believed to have a large population of lions.

"We deliberately chose to commemorate the Lions of the Chobe or Savuti Lions as they are also known for the reason that, like elsewhere in its range, the Chobe Lion population extremely still faces noticeable threats compared to other stated areas," Dithebe said.

Although, people rarely write letters these days because of the digital era, stamps still remain very relevant especially as storytellers and recorders of history, acting as silent ambassadors of a country. It was in light of this that this past week, launched the Lions of the Chobe Commemorative stamp.

Dithebe added that the main threat to lions in Chobe is retaliatory killing in response to livestock predation and as such the stamps will assist in drawing attention to the importance of lions.

The stamp which will be in circulation for a year was put together with the contribution of several creatives. Dr. Oduetse Koboto, Dr Michael Flyman, Gosiame Neo-Mahupeleng, Stamp artist Wilson Ngoni and Lesiga Segola who were involved heavily in the creation of the commemorative stamp were applauded at the launch.

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