This new souvenir sheet comprising three 110 XPF stamps pays tribute to the Michel Corbasson Botanical and Wildlife Park, established on the Montravel heights in Noumea fifty years ago. Michel Corbasson, former Head of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, was the driving force behind the creation of this magnificent 36 hectare nature park, located in the heart of the city and a magnet for Sunday strollers, nature lovers and zoology and botany enthusiasts. The Park was designed to give locals and visitors an opportunity for "close-up" observation of New Caledonia's endemic wildlife and plant species.
As you wander through this preserved dry forest area, you'll meet up with a host of mammals (deer, flying foxes, primates...) and get a chance to admire the main representatives of New Caledonia's bird species: kagus, imperial pigeons, parakeets, birds of prey and, of course, the famous New Caledonian Crow (Corvus moneduloides), one of the world's most intelligent birds. The Park also boasts superb collections of endemic plant species: palm trees, kauris, tree ferns and shrubs such as Pittosporum tanianum, an extremely rare species found only on Leprédour islet; a cutting-edge terrarium was opened in 2007 and houses a variety of exotic and endemic reptile species such as Leach's Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus). Frequent exhibitions exploring New Caledonia's impressive biodiversity are also held in the "Maison de la Nature" indoor visitor space. Call 27 89 51 for further information