Tarsier Sanctuary - Where to See Tarsier in Natural Habitat

Tarsiers are nocturnal cuddly-looking creatures with gray fur and huge eyes, the largest eye-to-body size ratio of all mammals, locally called “Maomag” which has the ability to turn their head 180 degrees as well as to jump back with precision.

Tarsier Sanctuary – a natural habitat for territorial animals with no human destruction and activities.

Tarsiers are small rainforest animals with enormously big eyes; each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as its entire brain size.

They have thrived in rainforests around the world for the past 45 million years. However, their population has drastically dwindled as a result of habitat loss.

Wildlife-SanctuaryThere’s this institution established in 1996 dedicated to the preservation and scientific researchers on the endemic Tarsier Sanctuary of the Philippines. The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary is located exactly 4 kilometres from the town centre of Corella and around 20 minutes drive from Tagbilaran City.

The Tarsier Sanctuary is open during 9:00 am – 4:00 pm wherein their comfort is carefully guarded.

The area is 10 hectares but only allows 1 hectare for visitors to have a chance in viewing. If there is some Tarsier near enough to see,  picture taking using flashes is prohibited. Visitors should also keep voices extremely low so that resting tarsiers wouldn’t be disturbed.

They can be found resting up in trees, behind leaves or in branches. Holding, stroking and scaring them are strictly forbidden. They jump from one tree to another when disturbed. Staff in the centre controls population and treats and feeds tarsiers on a daily basis.

The main objective of the institution is to preserve and conserve the natural habitat of the threatened Philippine Tarsier. They had dedicated 8.4 hectares of secondary growth forest as the main conservation area.

Eco-tourism is also promoted through this sanctuary so that the environmental awareness extends and might be beneficial for all walks of life.  

Tha sanctuary collects only Php 50 as entrance fee for visiting the sanctuary instilled with a tour guide. All money collected from visitors are allocated in supporting conservation efforts for the sanctuary.

 

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