A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the Bombay Natural History Society – Great Indian Hornbill :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 15, 1983
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
- The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) was founded as a private organisation in 1883 by seven residents of Bombay for the study and conservation of natural history. It has acquired a unique national role and international prestige by virtue of the fact that, through private and government sponsored collection expeditions, it was largely responsible for the identification and documentation of India’s fauna and avifauna. It has published, for 97 years, a scientific journal which is internationally respected.
- It has used this fund of scientific expertise to prepare a series of definitive books on Birds, Mammals, Butterflies, Trees and Shrubs, etc. which are calculated to create interest in the laymen, though relied upon even by serious researchers. Its books for children were recommended by the late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the State Governments.
- The Society’s collection of approximately 25,000 bird skins, 20,000 mammal skins, 50,000 insect specimens and 3,000 reptiles is unparalleled in the country except, perhaps, by the Zoological Survey of India. Its Library has extremely valuable and rare books – making it an effective focal point for researchers in the field of natural history.