Vietnam releases dragonfly stamps to promote wildlife conservation

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Vietnam Posts and Telecommunication Corporation on Monday published a collection of dragonfly stamps to promote wildlife protection in Vietnam.


The VND21,500 (US$1) collection aims to introduce to the public the insect species and raise public awareness of wildlife preservation, news website VnExpress said in a report Tuesday.


The collection includes four square-shaped stamps with images of four dragonfly breeds found on the southern Phu Quoc Island. Two of them, Lyriothemis mortoni and Rhyothemis obsolescens were first discovered in Vietnam in 2007 by Ho Chi Minh City-based non-profit organization Wildlife at Risk (WAR).


Dragonfly is commonly seen in rural areas, but not in big cities. There are nearly 300 dragonfly breeds in Vietnam.


Nguyen Vu Khoi, director of WAR, said publication of the stamps "is a way to give credit to research and studies on biodiversity in Vietnam, creating a database for wildlife preservation and raising public awareness."


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