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24 October 2013

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I kissed the Smallest Monkey in The World the so called Tarsier



Tarsiers are primates (a group including lemurs, monkeys, apes and humans) found in the Province Bohol, Tarsiers are arboreal (tree living) and jump through the trees to catch their food, which is mainly insect based, although can include lizards, snakes and birds. Tarsiers are small with very large eyes, elongated hind legs and feet, a thin tail and long fingers. They are nocturnal (active at night) although some species may move around in the daytime...

Tarsiers are born with fur and their eyes open and can climb trees within an hour of birth. The smell of tarsier is like a guinea pig. Tarsier species are now endangered or threatened so Bohol Provincial Government.


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Many asked if can we have a tarsier as a pet, the answer is no, Tarsiers which are caught and kept in captivity only show around a 50% rate of survival and in many cases they die quickly of overstress by committing “suicide”. Yes! Suicide , usually they use their tail to kill themselves.

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Tarsiers are very shy animals that prefer to stay away from human contact but fortunately I was able to touch it, took pictures and kiss it personally. Tarsiers do not live well in captivity but in Bohol in Municipality of Sagbayan , Bohol, a large tarsier Sanctuary was built to provides shelter of the said animal. The sanctuary is built right at the entrance of Sagbayan Peak. Tourists are able to witness how the smallest monkey looks like before they proceed to the Peak. The sanctuary is free for viewing and donation is only the source of maintenance aside from Government subsidy.



They have specific feeding requirements which are difficult to meet and rarely successfully breed that are why tarsier is inhabitants in most of the forests in Bohol, in Municipality Cortes to be specific. But in Cortes, a sanctuary of tarsier is also built for tourist, and within the proximity innumerable stores of tarsier figures. Shirts and stuffs are available for sale.



Undeniably, kissing a tarsier during my Bohol travel is one of a kind experience. “Ang sarap nyang iuwi sa manila kung pwede lang”

πŸ“ Location: Carmen - Sagbayan - Bacani Rd, Sagbayan, Bohol, Philippines

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