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Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary

Listed under Wildlife in Philippines.

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  • Photo of Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
  • Photo of Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
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Something of a symbol of Bohol, the Philippine Tarsier is an ancient species (and now, sadly, a rare one). It is often mistakenly referred to as the smallest monkey in the world, though it is not one – just closely related. It can, however, lay claim to being the mammal with the largest eyes, and it is difficult to imagine anything more endearing than this tiny nocturnal mammal, a tasty snack for owls at only six inches tall, clinging to a branch with a permanently surprised expression on its face.

It is endemic to the Philippines and though it used to reside in other parts of the world, deforestation and hunting (for trophies and as pets) has rendered it extinct everywhere else.

Wild Philippine Tarsiers are protected to a greater extent here, partly because they have access to ideal natural habitat, but also because they are traditionally revered as avatars of the forest spirits, so to harm one would bring bad luck.

Tarsier conservation is still paramount even in Bohol, and the Tarsier Foundation forest reserve in Tagbilaran City serves as a sanctuary and a base for conservation research. Visitors can learn about the species in the visitor centre, meet the sanctuary's tiny inhabitants and watch the local wildlife in the reserve by walking the Tarsier Trail.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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