Postcard # 11: Pakistan:9th SAF Games Postcard # 3

Here is the 3rd postcard issued on the occasion of 9th SAF Games, Pakistan. This beautiful postcard from Pakistan features the two mascots of the games. Bholu, the Himalayan Bear, was the official mascot of the 9th SAF Games and he was helped by her co-mascot/friend Sassi - the Blind Indus Dolphin. In the center the postcard shows Bholu carrying the SAF Games Torch with Sassi smiling on his huge tummy while on the sidelines of the postcard they are shown playing various sports.

Here is a brief account of both these beautiful animals:-

The Himalayan Bear: The Himalayan Brown Bear (Ursus arctos isabellinus) is a subspecies of the Brown Bear. Himalayan Brown Bears are usually sandy or reddish-brown in color. They are located in the foothills of the Himalaya and Northern PakistanThe actual population of the bears is unknown due to their rarity but is estimated at around 20-28 in the Deosai National Park.  The Himalayan Brown Bear and the Himalayan Red Bear (the Dzu-Teh) are also believed to be the source of the legend of the Yeti. Anyone having any idea if the bears in "Goldilocks and the three bears" are also brown bears or some other species??? :) 
Pakistan Post has also issued a set of 4 WWF stamps to save Himalayan Black Bear in 1989 which is another beautiful yet endangered species of Himalayan bear family.

The Blind Indus DolphinThe Blind Indus River Dolphin (Platanista Gangetica Minor) is one of the world's rarest mammals and the second most endangered freshwater river dolphin. Approximately 1,100 specimens of this species exist today in a small fraction of their former range, the lower reaches of the Indus River in Pakistan. The population of this species has gradually declined because of various factors, including water pollution, poaching, fragmentation of habitat due to barrages, and dolphin strandings in the irrigation canals. Pakistan Post has also issued a set of 2 beautiful stamps on Indus Blind Dolphin in 1982.

Comments

Dorincard said…
Hey, Cheema, do you have, or can you create now maximum cards with these bears and dolphins stamps?
See details and examples of MCs at www.freewebs.com/dorinco and www.dorincard.blogspot.com
Cheema said…
Hi Dorincard!
Sorry but I think that making maximum cards is difficult because these stamps are from 1980s. However making own/ personalised maximum cards may be an option but I have never made one. Can you guide me how I can make my own maximum cards?? I would also like to get some personalized stamps made? How can I do that? Can you please explain in a little detail.
Waiting anxiously for your kind reply
Best Regards
Yours Cheema
Cheema said…
Hi Dorincard!
Sorry but I think that making maximum cards is difficult because these stamps are from 1980s. However making own/ personalised maximum cards may be an option but I have never made one. Can you guide me how I can make my own maximum cards?? I would also like to get some personalized stamps made? How can I do that? Can you please explain in a little detail.
Waiting anxiously for your kind reply
Best Regards
Yours Cheema
Chandy said…
Cool postcard and stamps!

New to your blog and this meme!

http://mathewsmemorylane.blogspot.com/2009/04/i-love-postcards.html
Postcardy said…
That's a cool postcard. I don't know what SAF stands for.
Cheema said…
Dear Postcardy!
Hello!
SAF stands for "South Asian Federation". It is a regional organization in South Asia consisting of 8 countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan.
You can read more in a couple of other posts on my blog here:

http://mycoolcovercollection.blogspot.com/2009/01/fdc1-from-pakistan-saf-games-islamabad.html

http://mycoolcovercollection.blogspot.com/2009/04/cover-9-pakistan-fdc-2001-9th-saf-games.html

Best Regards
Fatima Arif said…
ur collection is g8;-)