A Miniature Sheet consisting of 2 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the Wild Asses of India – Kiang : (Ladakh) and Ghor Khar (Kutch) :
Issued by India
Issued on May 10, 2013
Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to release a set of Commemorative Postage Stamps and a Miniature Sheet on Kiang and Ghor Khur.
Stamp/FDC : Kamleshwar Singh
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500 & 2000 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.41 Million each
Miniature Sheet : 0.21 million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- Kiang and Ghor Khar, the wild ass of Ladakh and Kutch are beautiful and fascinating creatures of the wild.
Kiang : Ladakh (Equus hemionus kiang) :
- The Kiang or Tibetan Wild Ass is the largest of the all African and Asiatic wild asses. Its coat is reddish in summer to dark brown in winter with almost white underparts. Kiang is considered closer to a horse than ass due to its short ears, large tail tuft and broad hooves. Like all wild asses, Kiangs have short upright mane and a dark stripe along the back extending from nape to tail.
- The habitat of the Kiang extends from Tibet, some regions in China to east Ladakh and north Sikkim in India. Kiang is an agile animal and can run long distances at a speed of more than 50 kms per hour. Kiangs live in herds and feed upon sparsely growing sturdy grasses.
Ghor Khar : Kutch (Equus hemionus khur) :
- The Indian Wild Ass, also called Ghor Khar, is found predominantly in the Little Rann of Kutch and its surrounding areas in Gujarat. Saline deserts (Rann), arid grasslands and shrublands are its preferred environment. The coat of the animal is usually sandy and may vary from reddish grey, fawn, to pale chestnut. It possesses an erect, dark mane which runs from the back of the head and along the neck followed by a dark brown stripe running along the back, to the root of the tall. It feeds on grass, leaves and fruits of plant, crop and saline vegetation. It is one of the fastest of Indian animals and can easily outrun a motorized vehicle.