The 2012 Children’s Health stamp issue features the New Zealand sea lion. This playful mammal is one of the rarest species of sea lion in the world, and just like all children, it needs our ongoing care and attention in order to thrive.
Sea lions live all over the world – in the wild, in marine parks, and sometimes even in cities. However, the New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri) or whakahao lives only in New Zealand and is sadly listed as nationally critical. The success of this ‘at risk’ species is dependent on helping hands – just as vulnerable children are dependent on Health Camps nationwide and the support of loved ones in order to thrive.
The New Zealand sea lion breeds mainly in New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Islands, however a slow return to mainland New Zealand is now occurring. A small number now breed on the Otago coast, where 45 pups were born between 1994 and 2010. This intelligent mammal can also be found on Stewart Island (Rakiura).
Pup – 70c +10c surcharge (gummed)
A New Zealand sea lion pup in the Sub-Antarctic Islands is the focus of the 70c gummed stamp. Females give birth to single pups every one or two years, and pups are born in December and January each year.
Sub-adult male – $1.40 + 10c surcharge (gummed)
The $1.40 gummed stamp features a sub-adult male on Stewart Island. Male sea lions are typically brown/black in colour and grow to 350-500 kilograms. All New Zealand sea lions are known for their blunt noses and short whiskers.
Pup – 70c + 10c surcharge (self-adhesive)
An inquisitive pup is featured on the 70c self-adhesive stamp. As pups grow older, they travel up to 175 kilometres from the coast to feed, and dive to depths of up to 600 metres. This self-adhesive stamp is also conveniently available in a sheet of 100 – perfect for your postage needs.
Title: 2012 Children’s Health: New Zealand Sea Lion
Date of Issue: 1 August 2012
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 70c +10c gummed and self-adhesive, $1.40 + 10c gummed.