Bongo Antelope

The bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus) is a herbivorous, mostly nocturnal forest ungulate. It is among the largest of the African forest antelope species. Bongos are characterized by a striking reddish-brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long slightly spiraled horns. Indeed, bongos are the only tragelaphid in which both sexes have horns. They have a complex social interaction and are found in African dense … Continue reading Bongo Antelope

Belgium - Scott #1692 (1998)

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of the true foxes and one of the most widely distributed members of the order Carnivora, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia. It is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its range has increased alongside human expansion, having … Continue reading Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

The Giraffe

Riding the local version of a bus (called a songtesaw, meaning “three seats”) to work today, I decided I wanted to write a “random stamp day” article about giraffes. I felt it would be an “easy” topic compared with the recent marathons involved putting together the articles on Jamestown (more than 11,000 words) and Air Mail/Inverted Jenny (almost 6200 words). I need to do a few … Continue reading The Giraffe

The Borneo Elephant and Mahout

Elephants are one of the most popular animals to be portrayed on stamps and have been featured twice on A Stamp A Day in articles about Laos and Thailand, both of the Asian variety. Today’s entry describes a subspecies of the Asian elephant as well as the traditional handler, called a mahout, both pictured on a 1909 stamp issued for the British protectorate state of … Continue reading The Borneo Elephant and Mahout

The Zebra

Zebras are several species of African equids (horse family) united by their distinctive black and white striped coats. Their stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. They are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds. Unlike their closest relatives, horses and donkeys, zebras have never been truly domesticated. There are three species of zebras: the plains zebra, the mountain … Continue reading The Zebra

Kingdom of Laos #43 (1958)

This is my first new stamp issuer profile since I wrote about Zululand in mid-February. Amazingly enough, In just added my first stamps from Laos to my “Stamps From (Almost) Everywhere” collection. The purchase of the 1958 set of elephant stamps was prompted when I was doing research on a French stamp last month and discovered that the engraver — Jean Pheulpin —  had won the Grand … Continue reading Kingdom of Laos #43 (1958)

International Monkey Day

December 14 is International Monkey Day — an unofficial holiday that celebrates monkeys and “all things simian,” including other non-human primatessuch as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs. Monkey Day was created and popularized by artists Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin, in order to spread awareness for the animals, and to show love and care for them. It is celebrated worldwide and often known as World Monkey Day. Monkey Day was created and popularized by artists Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin, beginning in … Continue reading International Monkey Day