Big cats featured on new stamps

Correos de Costa Rica will be honoring big cats on the verge of extinction with its new national parks stamp issue.

The stamp will be unveiled today at the Parque Zoológico y Jardín Botánico Nacional Simón Bolívar in north San José.

The two-stamp issue features a puma and a jaguar. The stamp issue is part of a series honoring Costa Rican national parks. The park involved in this series is the Parque Nacional Corcovado where many of the country’s big cats are found. In fact, the park is home to five of the six cat species found in the country, noted Correos de Costa Rica.

The special cancellation for the first-day covers features other cat species, Correos said. The postal service is issuing 15,000 of each stamp, and they sell for 1,220 and 690 colons.  That is about $2.24 and $1.27.

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