WWF Himalayan Black Bear

1989 Pakistan Complete Mint Set of 4

Described by Rudyard Kipling as “the most bizarre of the ursine species”, the Himalayan Black Bear is believed to be the ancestor of most bear species.  Found in Himalayan forests, it is threatened due to loss of habitat and poachers. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the largest international conservation organization aiding more than 100 countries in wilderness and animal preservation.  The endangered animals featured on each nation's WWF postage stamps are native to that country and provide awareness to help support their conservation efforts. (#719)