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Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), Loboc, Bohol

Be careful now ... you don't know what you might find in the bushes in your backyard!

Tarsiers are nocturnal primates found on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao in the Philippines. They live in the forest usually in impenetrable shrubs and hollows of trees near the ground. Their diet usually consists of insects but they are known to partake of spiders, lizards and small birds. They are now classified as endangered and is believed that only about a thousand of them exist in the wild. Habitat destruction is the main cause of their dwindling numbers.

Wild tarsiers are believed to live up to 23 years while captive ones (like this one) live only to about half of that. Captive tarsiers are so traumatized and stressed out because their natural biological rhythm is altered. These tarsiers on private display in Loboc town (with special permit from the government) have now became diurnal (instead of nocturnal). You would be bugged-eyed too if there is a constant flow of tourists (like me) taking pictures of you, sometimes with flash even if flash photography is not allowed.

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Additional Photos by Ken Ilio (flip89) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 173 N: 576] (3418)
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