After a broad-based education, Claude Kuhn, born in 1948, worked as a graphic artist, art director and exhibition designer at the Natural History Museum in Berne for 40 years. He has also worked as a freelance designer, causing a stir with his sports posters (boxing and fencing) in particular. Kuhn's work is regularly exhibited abroad. He has an impressive array of awards and prizes to his name. But those he has won at various internationalposter triennials are the most important to him. He was particularly pleased to be crowned sports artist of the year in 1992. The motifs of the special stamps depict exotic animals from all over the world in the bold and surprising style that is typical of Kuhn. The common thread running through the set is the ellipsis. In the "Meerkat" design, it symbolizes burrows and clouds; on the "Flamingo" stamp, a puddle; in the "Giraffe" motif, a treetop; and on the "Zebra" variant, it represents the veldt and the animal's droppings - in gold, of course, as this is a "golden zebra".