The Philippine Tarsier or Mawumag in Cebuano, is a fascinating and unique primate species that showcases the rich biodiversity of the Philippines. Its small size, distinctive appearance, and nocturnal behavior make it a remarkable creature worth protecting and appreciating.
It is one of the smallest primates in the world, measuring around 10 to 16 centimeters in length, with a tail that can reach up to 25 centimeters. Its distinctive features include large round eyes that provide excellent night vision, long fingers and toes, and a tail that is longer than its body.
It is primarily nocturnal, meaning it is most active during the night. It has adaptations that allow it to thrive in low-light conditions, such as its large eyes and sensitive ears. During the day, tarsiers sleep in tree cavities or dense foliage to avoid predators and conserve energy.
The tarsier is an insectivorous animal, feeding mainly on insects like beetles, crickets, and grasshoppers. It uses its sharp teeth and agile movements to catch prey, and its diet may also include small vertebrates like birds and lizards.
It is listed as a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and degradation caused by deforestation and agricultural expansion. Efforts are underway to protect its natural habitat and promote sustainable tourism practices that allow visitors to observe these unique creatures without causing harm.
Where to see the Philippine Tarsier?
The Philippine tarsier is endemic to the Philippines and can be found in various parts of the country, including Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. It prefers dense forests, particularly those with tall trees and plenty of vegetation, where it can leap and move between branches with agility.
The Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc. located in the town of Corella, Bohol is one of the most well-known places to see Philippine tarsiers. It offers a sanctuary where visitors can observe tarsiers in their natural habitat while ensuring their safety and well-being.
Map of the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol
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