Nocturnal Animals

Animals live in virtually every type of habitat available in the Malaysian rainforest and even exploit man-made habitats. One interesting feature in animal ecology and behaviour is that some animals travel and feed mainly by night (nocturnal) as opposed to animals that move about during the day (diurnal). Various birds, mammals and reptiles have evolved towards a nocturnal way of life for numerous reasons. Due to the reduced amount of light at night, strictly nocturnal animals generally have good night vision to allow them to seek out prey and to avoid predators.

Slow loris (Nycticebus coucang)

Largely arboreal, this primate which can weigh almost a kilogramme, is often found alone although couples with dependent young are sometimes seen. It feeds on small animals, mostly insects and on pulpy fruits. It lives in mature and secondary forests as well as in gardens and plantations.

Tarsier (Tarsius bancanus)

This small primate of less than two kilogrammes is active from ground level to al least seven metres and generally leaps from tree to tree. It feeds mainly on large insects and is often solitary. Tarsier is known to make high pitch calls frequently and can be found in both mature and secondary forests.

Technical Details

Date of Issue : 13-Mar-2008
Stamp Value : 30 Sen (2 Designs); 50 Sen; RM 1
Sheet Content : 20 Stamps
Perforation : 14
Miniature Sheet Size : 120mm x 70mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography / Glow In The Dark
Printer : Percetakan Keselamatan Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer : Hazel Design
First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen
Presentation Pack Value : RM 4.00
Miniature Sheet Value : RM 5 (RM3; RM2)
Folder Value : RM 5.50

The Start Online 15 March 2008, Tuesday Press Release

FOR the first time, Pos Malaysia has come up with special glow-in-the-dark stamps featuring unique nocturnal animals.

Much to the delight of many a philatelic collector, these stamps come in a miniature sheet measuring 120mm by 70mm and feature the slow loris/kongkang (RM3) and the tarsier/kera hantu (RM2).

Four other stamps, measuring 50mm x 30mm, will also be sold and they feature the tikus ambang bulan (moonrat) (30 sen), teludu (Malay badger) (30 sen), kucing tulap (golden cat) (50 sen) and keluang (flying fox)/ (RM1).

“Pos Malaysia has been dedicated in helping to enhance the public's knowledge about nature. These stamps were printed in two stages. One to print the actual stamp and the second time to layer on the coat of special glow-in-the-dark ink,” said PosNiaga Philately senior manager Wong Lai Kim.