Posted by: smallonely | February 23, 2009

[Philippine] Tarsier in Bohol

Since I used the illy alien mug to have espresso, I though of the cute animal that I met in Bohol. (There’s still no direct connection :pp)
With big eyes, long fingers and toes, the tarsier must have inspired Steven Spielberg to create the E.T. It has been considered as one of the representation of Bohol. To see tarsier in the wild, we went to Tarsier sanctuary in Corella. It is also the only place holding the tarsiers legally.

We met Mr. Carlito “Lito” Pizarras, the “Tarsier Man”, at the entrance. He devoted himself to tarsier. He led us to a special enclosed area separated from the surrounding forest by means of a tall fence. There are about ten tarsiers in this area. We walked into the tree and bush. The ground is so wet and soft that we must be very careful. Then Mr. Carlito pointed us at a small… something. Is it a tarsier? We approached the animal with exceptional caution for fear of its jumping away. Wow! It’s so cute and small!!

The tarsiers are shy and always fall asleep in the daytime. Then they become active at night. Carlito said that he gets in this area to look for every tarsiers every morning.

To deserve to be mentioned, the Philippine Tarsier is one of the smallest primates on earth. It is often claimed to be the smallest monkey in the world. However, the claim is not correct. According to the biology, it is not a monkey in fact.

The Philippine Tarsier Foundation,
Km. 14 Canapnapan Corella, Bohol 6300 Philippines
Tel: (0912) 5163375
Mobile: (0918) 6021326


  1. so cute ! 😀

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