Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A very nice surprise from KENYA!

What a great start to the new week! Millions and millions of thanks to Bhavin R Gada for this awesome postcard posted from Kenya!! It is my newest country, #88! Regrettably, hard as I tried, I could not find any information on the lovely stamp franked on this postcard. (Could anybody help?) Anyway, I presumed that the stamp was issued in 2009 to mark the Centenary of the East Africa Natural History Society or Nature Kenya.

Established in 1909, the Society is the oldest conservation organisation in Africa. The aim of Nature Kenya is to promote the study and conservation of the natural environment, in eastern Africa.

The stamp depicts the Golden-rumped Sengi or Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew. Size of a small rabbit, it is the largest of the African elephant shrew family. The Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew is only found in the coastal Arabuko Sokoke National Park north of Mombassa in Kenya.

Classified as endangered because of its highly restricted and fragmented environment, the Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew is also hunted for food and by feral dogs.

The front of postcard shows Zebras with Mount Kilimanjaro. Mt. Kilimanjaro is among the tallest freestanding mountains in the world, rising 4600 m (15,100 feet) from the base.

This postcard was postmarked on 10th April 2010 in Kenya and took 10 days to travel an estimated distance of 7,535kms to reach me!

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