Thursday, October 22, 2009

A lovely cover from Brazil!!

Yesterday, I received this lovely cover from Porto Alegre, the largest city in southern Brazil. Courtesy of Sandro Scherer Miler. Thank you so much!!
Franked on this cover is a set of beautiful stamps featuring 3 highly endangered monkeys of Brazil. They are Golden lion tamarins, Emperor tamarins and Pied tamarin respectively. These stamps were issued in 1994.

More than 25% of the world's primates, roughly 95 species, are found in Brasil particularly the Amazonia, making it one of the most diversified regions in the world. It's no wonder that this rich and diverse wildlife is reflected on its postage stamps
The Golden Lion Tamarin is a small New World monkey of the family Callitrichidae. Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, the Golden Lion Tamarin is an endangered species with an estimated wild population of "more than 1,000 individuals" and a captive population maintained at approximately 490 individuals.Emperor tamarins are thought to have been named after the Emperor of Germany, Emperor Wilhelm II, due to their long, white moustaches. Their bodies are grey/brown with white under-parts and their tails are orange/red. The Pied tamarin is a small monkey found in tropical forests, particularly secondary and edge forests, in a small area around the city of Manaus in Brazil. In adults, the head is bald, with black skin, which along with the large ears, gives this tamarin a striking look.

This cover was postmarked in Porto Alegre, Brazil on 8th October 2009 and took 13 days to travel an estimated distance of 17,230kms.

And here is a picture of Emperor Wilhelm II.

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