The Caatinga (“white vegetation”) is a semi-arid area of 700,000 km2
in northeastern Brazil. It has a rich diversity of plants and animals.
Its ecology is very fragile and is threatened by uncontrolled hunting,
and other human actions that are leading to desertification. The sheet
was issued by Brazil in 2002 to call attention to the problem. In
addition to the map showing the location of the Caatinga, the sheet
has two species unique to the area, the White-browed Guan, and the
The stamp issued by Brazil in 1953
celebrates the founding of Jaú in 1853. The name comes from the Tupi
language. Jaú is located 22°17’47”S 48°33’28”W in the state of São
Paulo, and has a population of around one million people. It
specializes in the manufacture of women’s leather footwear.