I have used many of my animal stamps before and as you might expect a lot of big mammals appeared on stamps from African countries. I'm sure you will recognise these from Benin.
|Benin - Lion and African (Cape) Buffalo|
The stamps also carry their scientific name - Panthera leo (Lion) and Syncerus caffer caffer (Buffalo).
I had to find out more about Benin and the postmark gave me a clue to the capital city of Cotonou.
These are two stamps from a set of 7 issued on 20 September 1995. The highest denomination (300f) is part of a mini-sheet for Faune Africaine which shows a magnificent elephant.
I acquired two more of the set at the same time.
|Benin - Impala and Chimpanzee|
Aepyceros melampus and Pan troglodytes are their scientific names.
The International Union of Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species includes the Chimpanzee which ironically is possibly extinct in Benin.
To see other mammals you should visit the links at Viridian's Sunday-Stamps-188.