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.

Published date: | Updated:29 September 2021,18:05

Facts about Tarsiers

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Philippine tarsier

Smallest primate

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.

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Largest eye-to-body ratio
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Fixed eyes

Fixed eyes

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.

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Solitary, shy, and territorial
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Tarsiers are Nocturnal animals

Nocturnal

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.

Arboreal

meaning that they love to cling vertically to trees and branches as they leap from branch to branch.

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Arboreal

Contact Info

  • +63 908 937 8094 Website philippinetarsierfoundation@gmail.com

Getting there

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.

Tricycle

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.

Location Map

Click on the link below

Google map

Important Reminders

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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