1980 - 1989 (inclusive)

 

Zimbabwe - Definitives

18 April 1980

16 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1980 Zimbabwe Definitives
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In April 1980 the Republic of Zimbabwe came into existence - its first set of definitive stamps were issued in the same month, and used as their basis the 1978 Rhodesia issue covered here featuring gemstones, animals and waterfalls.
One value, the 40c value featuring Bundi Falls, was a new value, issued on 14 March 1983. Other than that, and aside from the change of name, the stamps were identical, were designed by Neil O. Pederson (gemstones and wild animals) and David Myles (waterfalls), and were printed by Mardon Printers in Salisbury.
 
 

Tanzania - Roland Hill Aniversary

21 April 1980

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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A slightly confusing issue, this one, in terms of when it was actually issued. Sir Rowland Hill died on 27 August 1879, which would mean that an issue celebrating the centenary of his death would have been issued in 1979. Stanley Gibbons, however, list the issue date as being 21 April 1980.
Either way, the issue is comprised of four stamps, and a minisheet featuring the four values on a background of the flag of Tanzania. Each of the stamps features an old stamp from Tanzania, and the third of the four values features the 25c giraffe stamp from the 1922 Tanganyika Definitives which can be found here. Details of the various colours, values and catalogue numbers can be found in the complete list.
The issue was also released with an overprint to commemorate the London 1980 Philatelic Exhibition
 
 

Togo - Disney

14 September 1980

8 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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This is the first of a number of Disney-related issues, including Sierra Leona in 1983, Belize in 1985, Dominica in 1990, Tanzania in 1994, Uganda in 1994, Grenada in 1998 and 1999, and Guyana in 2001.
This issue features various Disney characters with various African animals - the 100F value features Mickey Mouse checking the heartbeat of a giraffe with a bandaged neck.
 
 

South West Africa - Wildlife Definitives

1 October 1980

17 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1980 South West Africa Wildlife Definitives
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Another definitive issue from South West Africa - the third, in fact, the first being the 1954 issue detailed here, and the second not featuring giraffes and thus not covered on this site.
The stamps feature various paintings of wildlife done by the artist Paul Bosman. Stamp websites do feature four other values (the 11c Blue Wildebeeste, 12c Buffalo, 14c Caracal and 16c Warthog) that do not seem to form part of the official set - any information on why these are not included in the main set of 17 stamps would be gratefully received by email to info@giraffestamps.co.uk. In addition there are three so-called "coil stamps" - a 1c value featuring a meerkat, a 2c value featuring a monkey of some description, and a 5c value featuring a baboon.
 
 

Tanzania - Wildlife

1 October 1980

14 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1980 Tanzania Wildlife issue
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Another issue from Tanzania - this time a set of 14 wildlife definitive stamps featuring a painting of the animal along with its name in Latin, English and Swahili.
The issue was printed by John Waddington Limited - a producer of playing cards, packaging and stamps, amongst other things, from Kirkstall in Leeds, England. The stamps were also issued with an "OFFICIAL" overprint in around 1984 or 1985.
 
 

Tanzania - National Parks

26 January 1981

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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An issue produced to commemorate the 60th aniversary of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks, two of Tanzania's most famous parks, which were created in 1921. The lowest of the four values, the 50c, is for the Ngorongoro and features the crossed heads of two giraffes in the middle of an emblem representing the park - the other values, in ascending order, feature a gazelle on the 1s and 5s stamps, an a rhinoceros on the 20s.
The series was reissued in 1985 with an overprint to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Girl Guides organisation - the overprint is silver on the giraffe value, and black on the remainder (as the giraffe value is predominantly black itself).
 
 

Mozambique - Protected animals of Mozambique

3 March 1981

8 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A series (as with many others featuring giraffes) which takes as its theme endangered animals, in this case from Mozambique. In ascending order of value the stamps feature a giraffe, an antelope, an aardark, a python, a turtle, a stork, another stork, and a bustard.
This is the first issue from Mozambique to feature a giraffe for almost 50 years, the previous one having been the 1937 issue.
 
 

Niger - Wild animals of Niger

17 March 1981

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1981 Niger Wild Animals issue
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An issue featuring various wild animals of Niger, including a giraffe on the second-highest value, and an ostrich, an oryx, a bustard, a gazelle and an addax on the other values.
The issue was designed by a "J. Caffe", although I have no information as to who this may be, and was printed by Cartor Security Printing in France. Any further information would be gratefully received by email to info@giraffestamps.co.uk.
 
 

Kenya - Royal Wedding

29 July 1981

4 values in total, none value featuring giraffe
4 minisheets, all featuring giraffe

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To commemorate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, which took place on 29 July 1981, Kenya issued four stamps, featuring, in ascending order, Prince Charles with Kenyan President Moi, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Prince Charles on safari in Kenya.
Whilst the stamps do not featuring giraffes themselves, they were also each issued as a minisheet with five stamps and a token, and giraffes feature in the border of each of the minisheets. Details are in the complete list.
 
 

Kenya - Endangered animals

31 August 1981

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1981 Kenya Endangered Animals issue
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Another issue from Kenya, this time to commemorate various endangered animals, which features in ascending order a giraffe, a bongo, a roan antelope and a mangavey.
The stamps were designed by the British artist Rita Fennessey, who painted a large number of scenes of African life and wildlife, and were printed by the House of Questa, a firm founded in 1966, and which continued in existence until taken over by the MDC Corporation of Canada in 1996.
 
 

Vietnam - Animals

1 December 1981

8 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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Vietnam (one of the finest countries in the world) makes a late entry into the giraffe-related postage stakes with this issue, its one and only, on the theme of wild animals. To be frank, they're not the most attractive stamps ever issued, but there's a certain kitschy charm about them. And they're cheap - a mint set will only set you back a few pounds or so (as ever, more complete details are available in the complete list).
 
 

Central African Republic - Animals of Central Africa

22 January 1982

6 values in total, all featuring giraffe
6 minisheets, one featuring giraffe

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A set of six stamps on the theme of the wildlife of Central Africa - each of the six values also had a corresponding minisheet featuring a further picture of the animal in question. In ascending order of value the animals featured are elepant, giraffe, addax, ocapi, mandril and lion, with those two highest values being airmail stamps.
Unlike the subsequent Central African Republic issue a few years later (featured here), I have no information on the designer of the stamps as there is no name given.
 
 

Nigeria - 75th Anniversary of Scouting

22 February 1982

2 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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Another entry from Nigeria (its sixth so far) - this time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Scouting Movement. Admittedly the giraffe, which features on one of the two stamps, is quite small, and it is a borderline decision to give it its own entry rather than merely mention it as an also-ran.
 
 

Zimbabwe - Rock paintings

17 March 1982

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1982 Zimbabwe Rock Paintings issue
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Another issue to feature rock paintings (along with South West Africa in 1954, Spain in 1967, Chad, also in 1967 in Botswana in 1968, Libya in 1978 and Namibia in 2008).
The carvings in this issue come from caves in the Mtoko region of Zimbabwe.
 
 

Japan - 100th Anniversary of Ueno Zoo

30 May 1982

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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An issue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, the oldest in Japan, which opened on March 20 1882. Each of the four stamps features two animals - one prominently and one in the background. The pairings are gorilla and flamingo, lion and penguins, panda and elephants and giraffe and zebra.
 
 

Burundi - Wild animals

1982

13 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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Another wild animal issue from Burundi (following on from its issues in 1964 and 1971). This issue features thirteen values featuring (in ascending order) lion, giraffe, rhino, buffalo, elephant, hippo, zebra, warthog, eland, jackal, cheetah, wildebeeste and hyena.
For some reason which, as yet, I have been unable to ascertain, the stamps have exceedingly high catalogue values, starting at £5.00 for the lowest value and ascending to £95.00, £100.00 and £120.00 for the top three values. In total a mint set catalogues at £633.25!
The issue was reprinted and re-released in the following year with the WWF's (as it was then) panda logo.
 
 

Cameroun - Philexfrance

1982

1 value only

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Another issue from Cameroun, this time to mark the 1982 philatelic exhibition Philexfrance, held in Paris, France. The stamp was designed Jacques Combet, who was responsible for Cameroun's 1962 issue detailed here as well as Niger's 1972 Europafrique stamp detailed here.
The stamp features a carving, the heads of two giraffes, and a map of Cameroun showing its capital, Yaounde. Details of catalogue numbers and the like are in the complete list.
 
 

Zambia - Animals

21 July 1983

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A set of stamps on the theme of the wildlife of Zambia featuring, in ascending order, a giraffe, a wildebeeste, a lechwe and a duiker. I have no additional information on matters such as the artist of the stamps, so any such information will be gratefully received by email to info@giraffestamps.co.uk.
 
 

Uganda - Wildlife at a watering hole

22 August 1983

5 values in total, none featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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An issue from Uganda themed around wildlife at a watering hole - a theme to be repeated six years later here. This is a less impressive set than the subsequent one, with four stamps featuring elephants (with the WWF logo, branding it as a WWF issue) and a fifth stamp as part of a minisheet, with the stamp featuring zebras and the background of the sheet featuring giraffes - but no WWF logo. It's slightly strange, as though the zebra stamp was not part of the set, as certainly on eBay one sees the four elephant stamps or covers sold, but little mention of the fifth minisheet.
 
 

Sierra Leone - Disney

18 November 1983

8 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet, not featuring giraffe

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Another Disney-related issue, as with the Togo issue in 1980, and the subsequent Belize issue in 1985, as well as the Redonda issue covered as an also-ran at the foot of the page.
The issue features Disney characters with various animals in a Space Ark Fantasty theme, and the giraffe features as a passenger in a rocket piloted by Mickey Mouse, the second-highest value. More details of prices, catalogue numbers and the like are in the complete list.
 
 

Central African Republic - Wildlife conservation

1984

2 values in total, both featuring giraffe

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An issue of two stamps on the theme of the protection of wildlife - the first features animals, including a giraffe, fleeing from a fire, and the second features rangers protecting animals (also including a giraffe) from poachers.
The stamps were designed by a local artist, Leon B. Kandogo-Kongou, and a Belgian artist (slightly surprising given the CAR's French heritage) Oscar Bonnevalle, well-known for his stamp designs.
 
 

Kenya - Papal Visit

17 August 1985

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A slightly off-the-wall minisheet, issued to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II to Kenya on the occasion of the 43rd International Eucharistic Congress held in Nairobi in August 1985.
The minisheet features His Holiness in front of a city-scape of Nairobi, whilst to one side is an image of the Nairobi National Park with various animals, including two giraffes.
 
 

Tanzania - Trains

7 October 1985

4 values in total, none featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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This borders on an also-ran, to be honest. A series of four stamps, and one minisheet featuring two of the stamps, themed around trains, with the minisheet featurig a somewhat small giraffe in the background.
 
 

Mozambique - The Companies of Mozambique

21 December 1985

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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An interesting issue which harkens back to the Nyassa and Mozambique Companies, who controlled territories in what would later become Mozambique. Two of the stamps feature stamps from a 1918 issue by the Mozambique Company (Companhia de Moçambique), whilst the other two feature stamps from the Nyassa Company (Companhia do Niassa) 1901 issue which starts this website here, and one from the 1924 Postages Due series from Nyassa covered here. The latter value features a giraffe, the former a zebra.
 
 

Belize - 30th Anniversary of Disneyland

1985

9 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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Another Disney-related series, this time from the Central American country of Belize, with a nine-stamp series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The stamps feature children from various countries - in ascending order they are Canada, the USA, South America, Africa (featuring a giraffe), West Indies, Belize, Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and Japan.
 
 

China - 580th Anniversary of Zheng He’s West Seas Expedition

1985

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A series to celebrate the 1405 voyage of Zheng He, a famous Chinese explorer, with four stamps featuring Zheng He in various locations - the highest value features him in West Africa, and a pair of giraffes poking their heads into the side of the frame.
 
 

Mauritania - Anti-desertification campaign

1985

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A series of stamps from Mauritania themed on anti-desertification, one of which, the middle value, features giraffes.
 
 

Tanzania - Endangered animals

30 June 1986

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

The 1986 Tanzania Endangered Animals issue
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This is an issue comprised of four stamps and a minisheet, with each of the four values picturing various endangered animals from Tanzania. In ascending orde the animals featured are an oryx (5s), a giraffe (10s), a rhino (20s) and a cheetah (30s).
I believe that the stamps were printed by Holders Press, but have no information about whether this was a Tanzanian company or otherwise. As with more modern stamp issues, there is little or no information available about who the designer of the stamps was, and the custom of having stamps created by famous engravers appears to be slowly dying out by this stage.
 
 

Senegal - Guembuel Wildlife Park

7 October 1985

5 values in total, 2 values featuring giraffe

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A series of five stamps featuring the wildlife from the Guembuel wildlife reserve, which includes giraffes on the third value, the 85f. The stamps were designed by Momar Ndiaye and printed by Cartor Security Printing.
 
 

Nicaragua - Endangered animals

20 October 1986

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1986 Nicaragua Endangered Animals issue
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A seres of six stamps, one of which features a giraffe, on the theme of endangered animals. The other values show an elephant, a rhinoceros, a zebra, a mandril and a tiger.
 
 

Laos - Animals

1986

7 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet, not featuring giraffe

The 1986 Laos Animals issue
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A set of seven values and one minisheet, issued in conjunction with the Ameripex 86 conference (its logo features on the minisheet) - the values feature, in ascending order, a giraffe, lion, elephnat, kangaroo, koala, flamingo, panda and bison.
 
 

Tonga - WWF / Noah’s Ark

6 May 1987

12 values in total, 3 values featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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A large sheet of 12 stamps on the theme of Noah's Ark, three of which feature giraffes. As and when I am able to purchase a copy I will provide more information.
 
 

Gambia - CAPEX 87

15 June 1987

1 value, not featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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A minisheet issued to commemorate Capex 1987, which features various African mammals illustrating the margins of the sheet, including a giraffe, lion, antelope, leopard and zebra.
 
 

Botswana - Wildlife conservation

3 August 1987

20 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A large series on the theme of wildlife conservation featuring, in ascending order, a Cape fox, a lechwe, a zebra, a duiker, the banded mongoose, a genet, a hedgehgog, a hare, a hippo, a suricate, a caracal, a steenbok, a gemsbok, a rhino, a reedbuck, a dassie, a giraffe, a tsessebe, a jackal and a hartebeeste.
 
 

Kenya - The Game Lodges of Kenya

31 May 1988

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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An issue similar to that produced by Tanazania in 1978 (covered in more detail here) which commemorates various game lodges in Kenya. Unlike that issue, however, one of the six values features a giraffe, rather than relegating it to an appearance in the minisheet.
The lodges featured are, in ascending order, the Samburu Lodge, the Naro Muru River Lodge, the Mara Serena Lodge in the Masai Mara National Park, the Voi Safari Lodge, the Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and the Meru Mulika Lodge. The giraffes feature in the foregraound of the Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge.
 
 

Uganda - National Parks

18 November 1988

8 values in total, none featuring giraffe
2 minisheets, one featuring giraffe

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A series of four stamps and one minisheet featuring the National Parks of Uganda. The four individual values feature giraffes in the Kidepo ValleyNational Parkpark, zebra in the Lake Mburo National Park, buffalo in the Murchison Falls National Park and pelican in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, whilst the minisheet features, as well roan antelopes in the Lake Mburo National Park, a map of Uganda showing the location of its various parks.
 
 

Saint Vincent - Noah’s Ark

10 April 1989

25 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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Another issue around the theme of Noah's Ark (as with the Tonga issue further up the page here. In this instances it's from the carribean island of St. Vincent (better known for its cricketing stamps, to be honest!) - a colourful issue featuring 25 stamps arranged in a 5x block depicting Noah's Ark and various animals - two giraffes (naturally!) feature on one of the stamps.
 
 

Kenya - WWF

12 July 1989

4 values in total all featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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Another WWF issue, this one dedicated to the reticulated (which means "net-like") giraffe, which is the sub-species of giraffe that most people think of when they think of a giraffe.
The issue features four stamps and a minisheet. Pictures will be included when I acquire a set, but in the meantime details are available in the complete list.
 
 

Uganda - Fungi

14 August 1989

8 values in total, none featuring giraffe
2 minisheets, one featuring giraffe

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A somewhat tangential issue for giraffe to feature on - an eight stamp and two minisheet issue dedicated to fungi of various different sorts. The giraffes (a mother and baby) feature on one of the two minisheets - a mushroom of some description is on the stamp itself, whilst the giraffes are in teh background.
 
 

Uganda - Wildlife at watering-hole

12 September 1989

20 values in total, 2 values featuring giraffe

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An impressive set, this one, with no less than 20 stamps, in a 5x4 tenant block, depicting wildlife at a Ugandan watering-hole. Giraffes feature on two of the twenty stamps - three small giraffes in the background (so on the fourth stamp of the first pane), and one giraffe drinking at the watering-hole (so on the second stamps of the second pane).
The other 18 stamps feature a bewildering array of wildlife, full details of which can be found in the complete list.
 
 

Argentina - Christmas

1989

3 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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The first issue from continental South America, I believe - a Christmas issue from Argentina comprised of three stamps, one of which depicts a Tropical Christmas, with a giraffe in the background.
 

Also rans between 1980 and 1989

Other issues from the period between 1980 and 1989 (inclusive) which included giraffes in an ancillary fashion, or not significantly enough to merit inclusion in the main list above were :
1982 - Chad - a series of six stamps on the theme of chess grandmasters, one of which features a giraffe chess-piece.
1983 - Central African Republic - a series of four stamps on the theme of chess grandmasters, one of which features a giraffe chess-piece.
1984 - Guinea - a minisheet on the theme of chess grandmasters, which features a giraffe chess-piece.
1985 - Chad - two stamps to commemorate the African Postal and Telecommunications Union, one of which features a giraffe.
1989 - Redonda - a set of six stamps issued by Antigua (on behalf of Redonda, a micronation) featuring various Disney scenes, one of which features a giraffe.
As far as I am aware, the information on this page is complete and accurate, and there are were no other giraffe-related stamps issued between 1980 and 1989 (inclusive). If you spot any missing issues, errors, inaccuracies, or have any information that could be added to that contained in these pages then please don’t hesitate to email me at info@giraffestamps.co.uk.