November 10, 2017

3193 INDIA (Assam) - Kaziranga National Park (UNESCO WHS)

Located in the heart of the state of Assam, Kaziranga National Park is one of the last areas in north-eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. The fluctuations of the Brahmaputra River result in spectacular examples of riverine and fluvial processes in this vast area of wet alluvial tall grassland interspersed with numerous broad shallow pools fringed with reeds and patches of deciduous to semi-evergreen woodlands.

Kaziranga is regarded as one of the finest wildlife refuges in the world. The park’s contribution in saving the Indian one-horned rhinoceros from the brink of extinction to harbouring the single largest population of this species is a spectacular conservation achievement. The property also harbours significant populations of other threatened species including tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo and  sloth bears as well as aquatic species including the Ganges River dolphin.

It is also home to a variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers, and game birds. The park's location at the junction of the Australasia and Indo-Asian flyway means that the park's wetlands play a crucial role for the conservation of globally threatened migratory bird species. Two of the largest snakes in the world, the reticulated python and rock python, as well as the longest venomous snake in the world, the king cobra, inhabit the park.

About the stamps
The second is part of the definitive series Builders of Modern India, about which I wrote here.

The second stamp is part of the series Exotic Birds, designed by Alka Sharma and issued on December 5, 2016.
Cape parrot / Poicephalus robustus (5.00 INR) - It's on the postcard 3193
Hyacinth macaw / Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus (10.00 INR)
Sulphur-crested cockatoo / Cacatua galerita (15.00 INR)

The last stamp is part of the series Tadoba-Andhari National Park - Tigers, designed by Nenu Gupta, and issued on July 29,2016.
• 5.00 INR - It's on the postcard 3193
• 25.00 INR

Kaziranga National Park - Wikipedia
Kaziranga National Park - UNESCO WHS official website

Sender: Joy Justin Bongcher (direct swap)
Sent from Shillong (Meghalaya / India), on 22.08.2017