KI dunnart one of six Aussie animals to feature on Australia Post stamp series

The endangered KI dunnart is one of six wildlife species to feature in new series of postage stamps released this month. Photo Archive, Peter Hammond.
The endangered KI dunnart is one of six wildlife species to feature in new series of postage stamps released this month. Photo Archive, Peter Hammond.

The island's small and adorable nocturnal marsupial, the dunnart features on a series of six postage stamps released on Tuesday by Australia Post as part of Stamp Month marked each August.

This year's release is to encourage a lifelong passion for Australian wildlife.

Importantly, the island's only endemic mammal joins the wildlife recovery initiative to encourage conservation and preservation of animals among primary aged children across the country.

With dunnart numbers recorded between 300 and 500 individuals before the 2019-20 bushfires, the species has since been named by a federal government panel as one of Australia's most at-risk mammals following the devastation.

Immediately following the bushfires, Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife in partnership with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and private landholders completed a 14-hectare emergency feral-animal-proof fence around a known Kangaroo Island Dunnart population.

The work builds on the monitoring and threat reduction efforts already in place for this endangered species. Also, a feral cat eradication program aims to rid the island of feral cats by 2030, further protecting the dunnart and other threatened native wildlife species that call the island home.

Meanwhile, the postage stamps also showcase the Koala, The Bathurst Copper Butterfly, The Davies' Tree Frog, The Regent Honeyeater and The Blue Mountains Water Skink.

Stamps are available now at participating post offices.