As humans, we always love to see things that are worth seeing to our eyes. Put me on the island of Bohol, Philippines- Firstly, we all know that this island is popular for its famous yet amazing cholocates made of soil, the Chocolate Hills. And secondly, one of the four islands in the Philippines where we can catch the glimpse of a shy little creature. I am talking about the tarsiers.
We are so lucky that we have conservation areas for this little furry creatures. In fact, tarsiers captivity are quite tame. There are only five species of the tarsier exist: four can be found in Indonesia and the species, Tarsius Syrichta, lives deep in the woods of Bohol islands.
Over the weekend and for the 5th time around , I had an another magical trip to this amazing place. And of course, a quick glimpse of tarsiers shouldn’t be miss to make my Bohol jaunt complete.
However , this post is not all about my experience but some facts about this world’s smalles primate. It was fascinating to see the worlds smallest primate but I felt quite sorry for the poor creatures being a spectacle for loud, annoying tourists who cant follow instructions to be quiet despite the stress it causes the animals. ( Bohol Travel Tips and Experience will be posted soon).
Part of our itinerary is to visit the TARSIER CONSERVATION SANCTUARY. For a small fee you can wander around the premises and see a few of the little primates as they sleep. You will be lucky if you will catch them with their eyes open.
I am the WORLD’S SMALLEST PRIMATE that belongs to a 45-million-year old animal family called as Tarsidae. We are only few now and predominantly found in South East Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and you’re lucky that I am here in your country.
My eyes are fixed into my skull and I cannot turn my eye sockets. But my neck allows me to rotate my head up to 180°.
I am SOLITARY, SHY and TERRITORIAL. I want to live a hidden life. We need at a big place ( male tarsier need at least 6 hectares and female neee at least 2 hectares). We fight for our territories if we can see other tarsiers in our territory.
I am NOCTURNAL. I will be active only during night time and this is the only time where our path crosses with other tarsiers especially when we hunt for food.
I am living a life full of Threats – The dwindling of the forest which is my natural habitat truly posed a significant threat of my survival. I dont move and do well when in captivity since I can easily and quickly turn suicidal.
When I hear too much noise, get exposed to the sunlight and having physical contact to foreign things, I will be over-stress. And if feel to stressed , I can break free! I want to bash my head in something hard and it will bring me to death. (So Be Quite, I’ll Appreciate that!)
I am not blaming you as a human but sometimes you are the reason why I can commit suicide.
So please help me because I want to live a long life!
If you get to Bohol there are couple of Tarsier Conservation Sanctuary that you can visit. They are worth seeing and the guides are helpful and knowledgeable. Make sure you visit especially if you haven’t seen one. Make your contributions to hell out and wish them well as they are already an endangered species. Just don’t make any loud noises and keep the flash turned off on the camera.
-My Final Thoughts –
I’ve been to three tarsier sanctuaries in Bohol. First was in Loboc, second was in Tarsier Botanika and the most recent was in Corrella, Bohol. I’ve done a little research about these three sanctuaries and I have found out one of them are making us fool (not to mentioned) as I didn’t want to visit where the Tarsiers are kept in cages. (I hope that the other sanctuaries are not doing this). I’ve learned that these poor creatures are kept in cages overnight and put in the trees when the park opens. Its a real shame that this attraction is not as genuine as it would appear on first sight. I hope that the other Conservation Areas are truly “conserving” the tarsiers. Because according to the law, owning a tarsier is definitely illegal unless if it’s for educational and conservation purposes.