A gray wolf, a white-tailed deer and a red fox step out of the wild to appear on the new 2001 definitive stamps of Canada.
New designs for the Queen Elizabeth II, maple leaf and flag stamps also have been issued.
All bear the increased rates that went into effect on Jan. 1.
The red fox, the largest of the fox species found in Canada, is depicted on the 60-cent stamp. (Despite its name, the red fox can be seen in a mix of colors, with the tip of its tail always white.)
The gray wolf, a mammal familiar to most Canadians, is pictured on the 75-cent stamp. The gray wolf can be found from the Alaska border to Labrador on the east coast.
The white-tailed deer is featured on the $1.05 international rate stamp.
This deer is the most numerous of all North American large animals, according to Canada Poste.
Other revisions in Canada's definitive lineup include a change from the red background to the blue in the Queen Elizabeth II stamp; the newly designed Canadian flag with the illustration of the Inukshuk (a stone monument representing a human figure), and a maple leaf symbol as it evolves throughout the seasons.
Stamps and first-day covers of these Canadian stamps are available by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre, Canada Poste, 2701 Riverside Drive, Suite N 0141, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0B1. Or phone (800) 565-4362.
The Lawrence Stamp Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Enter by the south door.