Monday, January 31, 2011

#557 Mauritius...Thanks David!

The 60c stamp was issued in 1997 celebrating 150th Anniv. of First Postage Stamp of Mauritius.

The RS10 and RS15 stamps were issued in 2009 depicting Extinct Mauritian Giant Tortoises.

Cylindraspis is a genus of recently extinct giant tortoises. All of its species lived in the Mascarene Islands (Mauritius, Rodrigues and Réunion) in the Indian Ocean and all are now extinct due to hunting and introduction of non-native predators. These giant tortoises were very large and slow, thus making them easy game. The Mascarenes were colonised in 1663. Most species of this genus were already driven to extinction by 1795 and the last individuals were reputed to have died around 1840

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