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November 21, 2016

Philippine Tarsier

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Tarsier Sanctuary.

This morning I woke up at 6:30am, got my free breakfast, and took a motorised tricycle to the Dao Terminal in Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines. I had to wait for an hour for the jeepney to go. While waiting, I was talking to a philippino couple who were going to Sikatuna, a village in the hills to cook a meal for the poor kids at the school. I bought them a couple of kilos of rice for the kids.

Philippine Tarsier
Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta)

Tarsiers are one of the smallest primates in the world. The Philippine Tarsier is endemic to the country. It can only be found in the Philippines and nowhere else. These special places include Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Mindanao and a few other islands.

Philippine Tarsier
Philippine Tarsier

The Philippine Tarsier is considered a near threatened species. The Tarsier is nocturnal. It is awake during the nights to feed. It feeds on insects, lizards and other small animals. It is a very private animal and does not want to be disturbed.

Loboc River Cruise
Dorky river cruise

After the tarsiers sanctuary I caught the jeepney to Loboc to go on a river cruise. Too bad I had to include a dinner with the boat ride. And it included a band that played to us as we cruised along the river. Very salubrious. I do not know why I am telling you this. It was so tacky. Plus there were no birds or animals whatsoever. doh!

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