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Posted 07/19/2019   10:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cobie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Slowly, though, some more unusual species of primates are appearing on stamps. Unfortunately, like all the great apes (which still make up the bulk of representations), the reason is that these species, too, are becoming endagered, such as:



which shows the highly endangered black crested macaque, which occurs only in one small although protected area of the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia.

Indonesia itself includes the species in its 2019 set of flora and fauna:



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Posted 07/21/2019   11:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nethryk to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
cobie - So many nice contributions to the thread. Thanks!

Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus), printed by photogravure, and issued by Algeria on September 17, 1981, Scott No. 673, plus a photo.

-nethryk

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Posted 07/21/2019   10:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cobie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Nethryk!

The Barbary ape (not an ape, but so called because of its lack of tail) lives in the mountains of Morocco, where it is becoming increasingly rare. Rather than an ape, it is a macaque species whose nearest family members live in Pakistan and India, the rhesus monkey; all other macaques live in Asia too so how did Macaca sylvanus get to Morocco? Moreover, the Barbary monkey also occurs in Europe, on the rock of Gibraltar. It is not known how they might have got there but a 2000 Gibraltar stamp from a Millennium issue about Gibraltar's history seems to suggest they may have come with the spread of Islam across the straits, in 711:



However, monkeys are considered unclean by Islam - others have suggested they may have come a pets with Phenician or Carthaginian ships. The species was known in antiquity but I am not aware it bing mentioned as living in Spain.

An unlikely tale suggests a tunnel below the Mediterranean...

Be that as it may, tradition has it that as long as there are monkeys on the rock, it will stay part of the UK. In WWII, numbers dropped and Churchill himself is claimed to have ordered fresh imports from Africa (if you can get it, Paul Gallico (author of "The Snow Goose")wrote an amusing tale about this - the book is called "Scruffy").

Anyway, the apes have thrived on the rock and since tourist will feed them, despite being asked not to, can be quite a nuisance. But Gibraltar is proud of its "apes", and the species features on a number of their stamps, including their own issue of 6 in 2011:


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Posted 07/28/2019   12:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
On March 25, 1975 the DDR issued a set of 8 "Zoo Animals" stamps. The 10 pf. stamp (Michel #2031) depicts a Sumatran orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus).

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Posted 07/28/2019   10:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cobie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks bookbndrbob!

Just of the presses is a commemorative sheet from Jersey, honouring Gerld Durrell, who is of course famous as a writer, a conservationist, and founder of the wonderful Jersey Wildlife Trust. The sheet consists of 2 sets of 10 stamps, each with a lable, many of which show the endangered species Durrell is involved with:



There are lemurs and gorillas, and chimpanzees, as well as other animals. This issue follows another one that I am not sure has been here yet:


with starting at the top shows the emperor tamarin, white-handed gibbon, red-ruffed lemur, crested macaque (or Sulawesi black ape, see my recent post showing the Indonesia issue),black tamarin, and red-fronted lemur - all endangered or critically endangered.

A fitting tribute to Durrell.
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Posted 08/08/2019   4:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This stamp, from the Belgian Congo's 1959 "Animals" set of 12, depicts a galago.

From Wikipedia, "Galagos, also know as bush babies, or nagapies (meaning 'littlle night monkeys' in Afrikaans) are small, nocturnal primates native to continental Africa, and make up the family Galagidae."


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Posted 08/14/2019   12:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cobie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks bkbndrbob!

I'll try to find some more bushbabies but in the meantime, here are some 2017 issues from Madagascar, one is a heart-shaped stamp.




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