Togolese Flora and Fauna on Stamps

This article is about one of my all-time favorite definitive series of stamps, issued by Togo between 1964-1965 and totaling 22 stamps. The stamps show the exotic flora and fauna in very nice miniatures, some of the varieties of plants, animals or birds being pictured for the first time on stamps, or the only time! The stamps have by now a vintage look and are a true delight for the avid collector.

Pictured above: tiger orchid (Odontoglossum grande); mallow (Hibiscus); the African swallowtail (Papilio dardanus); morpho aega (Morpho aega); the emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator).

Pictured above: the hingeback tortoise (Kinyxis erosa); the crane flower (Sterlitzia reginae); the ball python (Python regius); the cabbage tree emperor moth (Bunaea alcinoe); the flap-necked chameleon (Chameleo dilepsis).

Pictured above: the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris); St. Peter’s fish (Zeus faber); the gray angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus); the pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis); the African palm civet (Nandinia binotata).

Pictured above: the black-bellied seedcracker (Pyrenestes ostrinus); the Bohor reedbuck (Redunca redunca); the baboon (Papio doguera); the black and white mannikin (Spermestes bicolor); the red-headed lovebird (Agapornis pullarius).

Pictured above: the grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus); the yellow-breasted barbet (Trachyphonus margaritus).

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Stamps featured in post: 22; Period: modern (1964-1965); Pricing: moderate;  Michel Catalog no’s and prices: Togo Mi385-406, 120EUR Availability: not readily available, may surface in online auctions.

5 thoughts on “Togolese Flora and Fauna on Stamps

    1. Mimi, great to have you here! Yes, in fact the stamps are designed by Gabriel & Maxim Shamir (also known as the Shamir brothers). They designed a lot of stamps, mostly for their adoptive country, Israel, for which they also deisgned the coat of arms. Thank you for pointing this out, I had actually forgotten to mention this in the article. 🙂


    1. Hi, Gary! Happy to have you around. I don’t have a Scott catalog around to check and couldn’t google a plausible result to share with you. I use Michel catalog numbers; being based in Europe it’s more common. If you have a Scott catalog or can browse one at the local library look under Togo for year 1964.


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