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Nature Conservation
European Wild Cat
Catalogue Number:  301
Block Gutter and Stamp Design:  Vladimír Machaj
Block Gutter and Stamp Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Date of Issue:  June 25, 2003
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates combined with offset
Size of Impression:  23.0 mm x 30.0 mm
Print Run:  135,000 pieces
FDC Motif:  Vladimír Machaj
FDC Engraving: Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Vladimír Machaj
FDC Printing:  TAB Ltd., Bratislava
FDC Print Technology:  Offset
FDC Print Run:  6,000

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The latest issue, Nature Conservation, was created with the working cooperation of the WWF -The World Wide Fund For Nature. There are four stamps in this issue, printed on one sheet, which depict the endangered European Wild Cat (Felis silvestris silvestris) with the WWF's giant panda logo near the top of each stamp. This issue becomes part of the world philatelic programme of stamp collections depicting endangered species.
The Wild Cat is extinct in most parts of Europe and today it can only be found in a few parts of Scotland, Germany and Slovakia. Its natural habitat is thick forest land. This fierce, handsome animal is heavier and larger than the domestic cat and although rarely seen, can be distinguished by its thick bushy tail. Its staple diet is mice, voles, rabbits, hares and small birds at night. Mating occurs in March and most litters, of between one and eight kittens, are born in May.
The FDC depicts motifs of the European Wild Cat's natural habitat.

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