Magyar Posta issued a commemorative miniature sheet named Animal Cubs that features twelve young residents of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden covers 11 hectares in the heart of Budapest. It houses over a thousand fascinating species from seven continents and has unrivalled impressive historic buildings. Opened on 9 August 1866, it is among the world’s oldest zoos. At that time its collection of animals included rare monkeys and lemurs, many parrots, camels, kangaroos and other unusual creatures in addition to Hungarian species.

Sempala the giraffe, Sid the two-toed sloth, Jakab the Barbary sheep, Moira the orang-utan, Bangita the blackbuck, Maszat the prairie dog, Mazsola the ground cuscus, Rozi the meerkat, Gizmó the ring-tailed lemur, Skipper the African penguin, Kiran the Asiatic lion and Willo the common wombat are depicted on the stamps.

In the upper and lower margin of the stamps the gender, name, species name and date of birth of each of the cubs are indicated, and their original habitat is written and shown in the map in the background printing. The youthful miniature sheet was designed by Tibor Zoltán Petényi and produced by the printing company Pénzjegynyomda. The new miniature sheet is available at large post offices and Filaposta in Hungary from 4 March, but may also be purchased from Magyar Posta’s online store.

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