Wildlife Safari: On the Land

BEARS

The plate on the left was Alaska’s 1976 base; in 2015 the standing bear appeared again, with a very different background.

AK-APZ 542AK JAE 322

Montana specialties for the environment and a wildlife park and museum.

MT-AEM-983MT AGC-743

 

Virginia depicted a bear for its Shenandoah plate that is much like the one on the North Carolina Smokies plate, but uses a full-figured (albeit smaller) version for the Wildlife Conservationist issue. Louisiana has its own species of black bear and honors it as such.

FL CG11TLA ^BB^5030NC-T408SMVA-8965BDVA-2543SN

 

DEER & BUCKS

All of these specialties feature a deer or buck left of the serial.

AL-W9M65AL 7WG67ID 1155EKY 5825^AB^MN-DB223MS 6E20 ^WD^MT BRE060TN-SF6526WV ^WL^1187

 

HORSES

The most famous and honored animal in Kentucky is the thoroughbred; the Bluegrass State is home to many racehorse farms. The Horse Council plate has been redesigned twice; first just the serial was changed, with a stacked suffix; then the horse, sky, and bluegrass all received a makeover, and the font color changed to all black.

KY-C2239KY-8869AGKY 5282^EX^

These plates benefit Horse Power, an agency devoted to the protection of wild horses, and the Montana Horse Sanctuary.

NV ^HP^5953MT-AHV-606

These plates benefit the Reno Rodeo Foundation and the Montana Weed Control Association.

NV-NRB629MT-AGH-801

The Appaloosa is a horse breed memorable for its spotted coat.

ID-KWGRL

 

BUFFALO

The Kansas plate is a design just for vanities, the North Dakota base was introduced in 1993, and the Montana is a specialty plate.

KS BUFLO BND HTW 446MT-AEH-262

 

MOOSE

A moose, Maine’s state animal, graces Maine, Minnesota, and New Hampshire specialties.

ME-537MN 8AG554NH-CH395C6

 

BIG CATS

Kentucky’s “Nature’s Finest” series has included a bobcat; the one on the left was issued first, then the second when more characters in the serial were needed.

KY-72537KY 8338^EK^

Florida came out with a specialty for the panther in 1990, then revised it 3 years later.

FL LBT 911FL-LGJ 695

Montana and Pennsylvania used different approaches on their big cat plates.

MT AED-156MT AZY608PN-PZ569C

 

OTHER WILD ANIMALS

All kinds of animals find their way on to plates, from turkeys to polar bears and everything in between.

AL 36P6HAZ-OCW0467KY-5999AFNV ^SW^8292TX-DC01S