Mona, a Baird's Tapir
All tapirs are endangered species.
Sometime in the early 1970s, we found out Mona's picture had been used on a postage stamp. Curator of Mammals at San Diego Zoo, Clyde Hill, told us a photographer had been around taking photos of animals native to Nicaragua for a stamp series. He said he thought it was Mona that had been photographed among the Baird's tapirs. I don't remember how I acquired the first stamp, but I did know it was her from her coloring, which was distinctive. You can see the gold around the edges of the cream-colored areas on her throat and face.
A number of years later, I went to a stamp dealer and asked for another copy of the stamp. He had quite a few of them, and they weren't very expensive. We think they are probably still plentiful. If you want one, we suggest that you ask any stamp dealer about this Nicaragua set. You may or may not have to buy the whole set. In any event, the price should not be high.
Note the words on the stamp. "Danta" is a name by which tapirs are known in Central America.
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