IOM issued a miniature sheet and stamps showcasing the African pictures of renowned Island-based wildlife artist Jeremy Paul which features original artwork by Jeremy Paul “Big Cats”.On the both stamp issues Jeremy guides us through his own “unforgettable” personal voyage of discovery of some of the most outstanding locations for viewing the continent’s signature animals so familiar to us all.“Big Cats” is a term used to cover some of the most charismatic species of cat – these are the top predators that everyone knows – but may confuse.
They are powerful, we view them with awe and respect, we may fear them, but above all we are seduced by their beauty. All are in danger – mostly due to habitat loss, poaching and persecution. Most now inhabit a tiny fraction of their original range and many are confined to national parks and reserves. The issue also encompasses the 2013 SEPAC theme of wildlife represented by the tiger stamp.Both Big Cats and the Journey Through Africa issues showcase the work of the CITIES animal protection organization.