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Nature Conservation
Mouflon (Ovis musimon)
Catalogue Number:  96
Stamp Design:  Vladimír Machaj
Stamp Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik from a drawing by Martin Činovský
Date of Issue:  July 16, 1996
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Rotary-recess printing combined with recess printing
Print Run:  5,875,000
FDC Design:  Vladimír Machaj
FDC Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Vladimír Machaj
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

The mouflon (Ovis musimon) is a large, short-fleeced game animal with a characteristically ovine body. It is not indigenous to Slovakia, but was introduced from Corsica. The first to begin rearing mouflon here - in 1868 - was Count Forgách, on his estate at Jelenec (formerly Gýmeš) in the Tribeč hills. This precedent was followed up repeatedly over time, with mouflon migrating to more distant localities and hunting grounds which offered favourable conditions. These include varied rocky terrain with warm sunny slopes and sparse growth of deciduous and mixed, rather than coniferous woods. The mouflon has a good tolerance of difficult climatic conditions if not combined with deep snow. It is estimated that there are currently about four thousand specimens in Slovakia, with around a thousand being hunted annually. The world mouflon population is around seventy thousand.

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