May 08, 2015

The Philippine Tarsier: Visiting the World’s Smallest Primate

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    One of the many attractions that drives tourist to the province of Bohol is this cute and cuddly creature.

    The Philippine Tarsier is seen in different parts of the country, but Bohol is most known to house the world’s smallest primate. With their distinctly huge, round eyes, long tail and cute tiny ears, one wouldn’t miss the Philippine Tarsier when they see it hugging trees and looking sleepy most of the time.

    Tagged as one of our country’s endangered species, Bohol built numerous conservatories where they take care and breed the Philippine Tarsier. Don’t miss going to one of these tarsier conservatories in Bohol when you take a visit. The closest one is in the Billar Manmade Forest, near the Chocolate Hills.

    There is no entrance fee for kids below a certain height. For adults, however, entrance is at 50PHP each. The local government is the one maintaining the Tarsier Conservatory.

    Additional trivia about the Philippine Tarsier:

    Did you know that tarsiers are ultra-sensitive to light? That’s why tourists paying them a visit should not use any form of camera flash because they might die out of stress.

    Tarsiers are generally sweet and loving mammals. They are so sweet to the extent that if their tarsier partners die, they will also be affected and possible to die few days after.

    Article by Beth Javines

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