Tarsier is a very endangered small animal known to be one of the smallest primates in the world. You can find tarsier in Bohol and other southeastern part of the archipelago. It has been observed that tarsier here sleeps and explores alone. Tarsier has very long hind limbs due mostly of the elongated tarsus bones of the feet, wherewhich the animal gets the name. Its narrow tail is usually used for balance. The fingers of a tarsier are also elongated with the third finger which is about the same length as the upper arm. It has very soft, velvety fur.
Though this animal is small but it has an enormous eyes which are fixed in its skull. They eyes don’t turn in its socket. Instead, a special adaptation in the neck makes the round head of the tarsier to rotate 180°. The ears of tarsiers are capable of hearing high frequency sounds and tarsiers have many ways of communication to each other. Tarsiers are nocturnal by nature. They hunt for food at night time and they have an excellent night vision. They are primarily insectivorous and they catch insects by jumping at them.
Male tarsiers are larger than female. Female tarsier has multiple sets of breasts and the functional set is at the pectoral area. The pregnancy of a tarsier takes about six months, then it gives birth to a single offspring. Young tarsiers are born with much fur and are with open eyes. They are able to climb within the day of birth.
Visit the Tarsier Sanctuary and/or the Tarsier Conservatory in Bohol
Either you want to visit the Tarsier Sanctuary or the Tarsier Conservatory in Bohol, we will take you to these eco-tourism spots. Tarsiers are not active during the day, so you are able to see them right at where they inhabit at their respective individual areas. Tarsiers live within their territory, so a certain tarsier can be followed through with its activities by a caretaker, for a tarsier does not go or leave beyond its territory.
The Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella is a non-stock and non-profit organization established in 1996. This foundation currently holds a protected natural sanctuary for tarsiers. Meanwhile, the Tarsier Conservatory in Loboc was created for the tarsiers to live longer. These tarsiers used to be captives bey few of the townspeople for daily viewing. Therefore, it was a good initiative to move these adorable animals to a natural habitat.
There are things to observe when you visit these places. Keep your voices low and don’t stay too long in looking at them. Do not touch these animals. When you take pictures, turn off the flashes of your camera.