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An Eye Popping Philippine Tarsier Encounter

  

One of the destination that tourist should not missed when in Bohol Islands is visiting the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary.


Tarsier are known to be one of the smallest primate and are endemic in the Philippines. They are nocturnal animals and highly territorial in nature. Being asleep during daytime, they usually wake at sundown to hunt for food which were basically insects. The sanctuary guide said that the tarsier  tend to commit suicide in captivity maybe due to touching or even loud voices. That is why he requested us to refrain from touching or create a loud noice (we might get too excited seeing it and shout) while he's leading us to a tarsier enclosure to have a face to face encounter with the tarsier.

When we were inside, I had a hard time spotting one because the color was usually brown or gray and they are so thin that they look like one of the branches or hanging dried leaves. The guide keeps on telling that they were just in front of us, but I must be blinded by the fairies that I have to asked the guide to point it to me. When he did, I was amazed seeing the little E.T. (from Spielberg movie) clinging on the little tree in front of me. I had to open my eyes so wide because they are so small (3-5 inches tall) or maybe looking at the tarsier straight in the eye made my eyes grow wide too. =) 






The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary can be reached via private and public transportation in less than an hour drive from Tagbilaran City. A minimal fee was collected to maintain and support the project. Guest can also do other activities like, camping, picnicking and bird watching in designated areas. They also offer ecological tour throughout the more than 100 hectares of reserve land.


After the tour at Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, all I can say was it's more fun being wide-eyed seeing the Philippine Tarsier. =)
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11 comments:

  1. We visited the sanctuary last year when me and my blogger friend went to Bohol. We were amazed and enjoyed a lot seeing those wide-eyed primates ! The sanctuary is a must see place because Bohol trip won't be complete without visiting and interacting with the cutest ever tarsier :)

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    1. You are right, it's a must see place in Bohol =)

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  2. I have never seen tarsier in person because I've never went to Bohol,thanks for your blog I saw a tarsier even in pictures as if I was there.

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    1. Hope you will have a chance to visit Bohol. There's so much to see there not just the tarsier =)

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  3. The tarsier is so cute. They moved the tarsier sanctuary to the area going to chocolate hills and they no longer allow extreme close up with the tarsier though I had my close up shot years ago too but not in my visit this year.

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    1. I am lucky to have my photo taken so near with the tarsier, it was because there were only 2 of us visiting that time and Dave and I were so behave that the sanctuary guide was even the one who took our picture =)

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  4. went there and the tarsiers are so lovely! too bad they were so sleepy when we went haha!
    Rovie
    The Bargain Doll

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    1. ha ha ha ha they really sleep during the day and active at night =)

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  5. I haven't seen tarsier in real life. They look scary because of the big eyes but lovely and cute at the same time

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  6. di pa ako nakakita nyan... ;( hope to see one real soon! Planning on going to Bohol soon.

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