Philippine Tarsier Foundation
All living Tarsier species today are found on Southeast Asian islands, specifically the Philippines,Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Tarsiers are haplorrhine primates of the family Tarsiidae, itself the sole extant family within the suborder Tarsiiformes.
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Spearheading the campaign to save the Philippine tarsier is the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, a nonstock, nonprofit organization based in Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. It is an entirely private sector initiative, but enjoys strong support from the country’s two lead government agencies for environmental conservation and ecotourism, namely the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).
The Foundation’s beginnings can be traced to a visit to Bohol by Mr. Jesus Alvarez Jr., former director of the Philippine Parks and Wildlife Bureau, in 1996 on the invitation of local connected citizens. One of the country’s pioneers in nature conservancy field who was primarily instrumental in bringing the plight of endangered Philippine eagle to International attention, Alvarez immediately saw the need for a more organized effort to halt the continuing decline of indigenous tarsier population.
Facts about Tarsiers
The Philippine tarsier measures at around 3 to 6 inches tall; thereby making it the smallest primate there is. Naturally, they are very hard to spot in the forests.
Largest eye-to-body ratio
in all mammals which gives them great night vision. During the day, their eyes can constrict until their pupil will only look like a thin line; in the dark though, their pupil can dilate and fill up their entire eye.
Their eyes are fixed into their skull so they cannot turn their eye sockets, instead their neck allows them to rotate their head 180°!
Solitary, shy, and territorial
Leading a mostly hidden life, a male tarsier needs at least 6 hectares of space and a female tarsier needs at least 2 hectares. If other tarsiers come into their territory, they will fight for it, and it can often lead to the death of the other.
They become active only at night and it is only during this time that they will crost paths with other tarsiers when they hunt for their food — mostly insects.
meaning that they love to cling vertically to trees and branches as they leap from branch to branch.
From Seaport or Airport get into a tricycle and tell driver to take you to Sikatuna Jeepney Terminal (This is right infront of Island City Mall). Fare is P100.00 per tricycle.
From Sikatuna Jeepney Terminal, get into a Jeepney bound to Sikatuna via Corella. (Just anybody there which jeepney passes by Philippine Tarsier Foundation. )This jeepney drops you off to Philippine Tarsier Foundation. Fare is P17.00. Tell the driver of the jeepney that you are headed to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella.
Upon arrival there is a huge signage and rough road, take it and walk for 300 meters to the Research Building where you will pay P60.00 entrance fee and have a guide to show you around the sanctuary and where to see the tarsiers.
Going Back, just take a jeepney headed to Tagbilaran. And yes it is safe to hitch hike here. Fare is P15.00 for jeepney.
From Airport or seaport or anywhere in Tagbilaran City, take a tricycle and ask driver to take you to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella One way is P150 per tricycle, round trip is P500 when driver waits for you.
Car / Van
Make sure to contact a trusted travel agency. Tell them to take you to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella. Fare is P500 per car and P1,000 round trip from Tagbilaran City.
You can contact Philippine Tarsier Foundation to arrange a car for you.
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Bring Rain Coat- weather is unpredictable. The Sanctuary is in the center of forest so rain comes often than in other parts of the island.
You can put on some insect repellent
They have a documentary video there. If you have free time, you be happy to watch it.
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