September 24, 2010
500 FMG / 100 Ariary: UN 50th Anniv. (1995) celebrating environmental protection of this island's unique flora and fauna. Species pictured include the Ringtail Lemur, one of 33 species of lemurs endemic to the region. Also shown are the Madagascar periwinkle and the Mad. Tortoise.
R15, R25: The dodo, one of the most emblematic of extinct species on earth, was a flightless rail found only on Mauritius. With few natural defenses, the bird was easy prey for sailors and predators, and the species was hunted to extermination by the 1690's.