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The Jarkov Mammoth Recovery


The tusks of the Jarkov Mammoth sticking out of the Siberian snow     The Taimyr Peninsula in northern Russia is one of the most remote regions on earth. Little known by the world outside prior to 1997, it suddenly became the focus of international attention after a 9-year-old boy discovered a nearly-intact woolly mammoth frozen into an old creek bed.

    French "mammoth-hunter" Bernard Buigues organized a massive international operation to recover the mammoth in 1998 and 1999, and at each major stage of the operation, commemorative envelopes were printed and stamped at appropriate locations. The covers below are some of those that were available from Polar Circle Expeditions, the company which handled many of the logistical parts of the project.

    For a great deal more information about the woolly mammoth, and the Jarkov Mammoth specifically, click here.

Click on each of the covers to greatly enlarge it

A commemorative envelope from the Taymir Mammoth Recovery Project October 29, 1998

A commemorative envelope from the Taymir Mammoth Recovery Project October 17, 1999
Transport to Khatanga

A commemorative envelope from the Taymir Mammoth Recovery Project September 7, 2000

Postmarked at Khatanga.

A commemorative envelope from the Taymir Mammoth Recovery Project December 22-23, 1999
Paris Exhibition

Postmarked at The Louvre, Paris.
The photo on the cover shows the block of ice with the mammoth still in it, at Khatanga.

The postcard and covers above are from the collection of Murray Lundberg