British post issued a miniature sheet to mark year 2011 as the international year of forest as declared by united nations.
1st Class – Spider Monkey – Spider monkeys are one of the largest primates in South America. Their prehensile tail allows them to find stability when sitting on branches and to reach out for food at the tip of fragile branches by suspending themselves with it.
60p – Hyacinth Macaw – In the 1980s an estimated 10,000 hyacinth macaws were illegally captured and sold as pets, while, the species’ natural habitat was being destroyed by deforestation. Local Indians also killed them to use the feathers to make tourist souvenirs.
88p – Poison Dart Frog – With its striking appearance and unique features, the poison dart frog is one of the most interesting and dangerous – Amazon species. The poison dart frog uses its brightly coloured skin to warn predators that it is “unfit to eat.” The skin secretes a dangerous poison that can paralyze and in some cases kill predators.
97p – Jaguar – Jaguars are the largest American cats and strong swimmers and climbers. They weigh over 300 pounds and grow to more than eight feet in length, including a two-foot tail. Although legally protected, hunting and habitat loss continue to be threats.
Title: Europa 2011 – Great Britain
Date of Issue: 22 March 2011
Country: Great Britain
1st Class – Spider Monkey
60p – Hyacinth Macaw
88p – Poison Dart Frog
97p – Jaguar