Two years ago, a friend of mine relocated to Gaborone, capital of Botswana. Just in December last year, they left Botswana to be based in China. She bought with several dozens of postcards from Botswana and, during a stopover at Johannesburg and Kuala Lumpur Airports, she sent me several postcards. This explains the title. While also in Jo’burg, she gave me a surprised call and excitedly mentioned about this latest craze in herbal supplements displayed at the airport boutique; it’s made from a wonder plant found in somewhere in the deserts of Africa. Before I could ask her: does hoodia really work? the line went dead. Oh well.
And these, my friends, are what I’m talking about:
Cheetahs are one of the main wildlife attractions in Botswana’s national parks. With a scientific name Acinonyx jubatus, cheetahs outside of protected areas in Botswana are shy, elusive, and difficult to see. They can chase their prey for distances of up 400metres at a maximum speed of 7pkh making them the fastest land animal in the world. Recent assessment reports published by several wildlife conservation groups in Botswana, however, reveal serious reductions in wildlife populations, including the cheetah. A deadly combination of overpopulation, destruction of wildlife’s natural habitat, illicit wildlife trade, and many other factors have contributed to the dwindling wildlife numbers.
Okay, now, on to the stamp:
Yes, you are looking at the right stamps; my friend used two 50sen definitive stamps featuring the white-rumped shama. It’s rich and melodious voice make it a popular breed for cage-birds enthusiasts in South Asia and Southeast Asia. It’s been said that the white-sumped shama can mimic the sounds of other birds.