The conservation education does not only target younger members of local communities, but older ones as well. Therefore, besides educating young pupils, the idea of traineeship for teachers of elementary schools came up and became our next educational activity. In total, 30 teachers and principals from 6 schools in Bilar, specifically Owac, Villa Aurora, Subayon, Villa Suerte, Riverside and Rizal Elementary Schools, were invited to participate in our programme. Initially, the traineeship was meant to last around 3 hours, but curiosity among participants was very high and they requested extension of proposed programme. Obviously, seeing such a great interest, request was accepted, and in the final stage, the traineeship lasted entire day and took place on 31st March, 2015 in Owac Elementary Schools. During the course of preparation, it has drawn attention not only to the teachers, but also the idea of this educational activity was approved and kindly supported by District Coordinating Principal and Mayor of Bilar. The programme comprised of two parts divided into lectures and practical assignments. Více »
We are happy to inform you that Zoo Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic) became a partner of the Tarsius project. Therefore you can find our tarsier products in souvenir shop at the zoo. Moreover, we plan activities for visitors where they can learn about Philippines and our tarsier conservation work.
We thank for this support and are looking forward to further cooperation!
The continuation of our educational programme „Ambassadors of tarsiers” took place in January. Our field assistants, Alex and Filip visited the same elementary schools in Owac and Yanaya, but this time performance involved older kids from 4th to 6th grades. After big success of the first part of the programme, the next challenge has arisen as repetition of any part from visits to younger pupils wanted to be avoided. There was also additional necessity for broadening the knowledge on tarsiers we shared as the level of pupils have increased.
During inspiring brainstorm the completely new ambitious programme had been created. The first part of visit stayed the same as our assistants acted in theatrical show. Although Filip became again a tarsier, Alex from a hunter converted to presenter… of “The Millionaire Show”! The TV show which we all probably know as young Filipinos do. Více »
One of the obvious things about tarsiers is the fact that their fate lies in hands of Filipinos, especially the younger generation. Therefore, equipping them with suitable knowledge about this little, native primate and its conservation is essential. This was one of the main focuses of the Tarsius Project in the past month. The important question was how to pass information in the most interesting and effective way to the pupils of local schools?
Going from a vague idea to realization, the extensive education programme “Ambassadors of the Tarsiers” was developed. At first, it was designed for the lowest grades, from 1st to 3rd in elementary schools, targeting the youngest members of the local communities. Therefore, special effort was put in involving pupils in the performance as much as possible. Having the entire programme in mind, there was still one obstacle to overcome – the language barrier. Více »
Are you thinking of a special Christmas gift? Adopt a Philippine tarsier! The adoption is symbolic. Your contribution of 4 thousand CZK (165 euro) will be used to achieve goals of the project. As a reward you will receive a certificate, colourful picture of the Philippine Tarsier, video and audio recordings directly from the field. A Christmas gift for you or your friends or family members as well as for tarsiers!
IBAN: CZ08 6210 6701 0022 0712 5950
For the next period starting February 2015 we are looking for a tarsier conservation assistant
Tarsier conservation project assistant
We seek a voluntary field assistant for a minimum of 6-months, live-in position, (longer preferred) suited to persons who have studied within the field of Primatology, Ethology or closely related Zoology field, who are experienced in zoo husbandry and who are looking for field experience to further their professional career.
Gain valuable experience as a technician in the field of conservation and management of a sensitive species, by assisting with a conservation breeding program of Tarsier syrichta. Více »
Presentation of the Tarsius project will be held this Saturday, 8th November 2014, in Krásná Lípa, Czech Republic on the festival Sedm divů.
Yesterday, 22.10.2014, our project and recent activities were introduced in a presentation on the 1. Tropical biodiversity conservation conference held in Prague.
The Philippine tarsier belongs to the least known nocturnal primates. Tarsiers and the Philippines remaining biodiversity and the ecosystems are under tremendous threats from the increasing human population. Habitat loss and illegal pet trade are the main reasons of tarsier population decrease. The Tarsius project team is involved in tarsier conservation since 2009 integrating research and conservation education. In 2010 we became involved in improving conditions of captive tarsiers abused as a tourist attraction on Bohol Island and in 2011 our suggestions for improvement were accepted and used by local authorities. Více »
As we have informed you last week our tarsier enclosure ad food resources were ready on my last visit in Bilar. Me and my colleague Cristy and our field assistants Alex and Filip could not wait until we finally get tarsiers in.
And here comes the good news. Yes, we finally have a tarsier!
Please meet Julius. He is a tarsier male, adult and quite big with his 150 g. And he is simply gorgeous as a tarsier can be with his huge eyes and a pixie look. He was captured in a secondary forest just on the border of a farm land in Bilar and as a first wild tarsier in our facility hopefully he will become a founder of our captive population. If you are interested in tarsiers you probably now that historically they did not survive well in captivity. They hardly survive and to breed them is even more difficult. Currently there is not facility in the whole world that can successfully breed tarsiers in captivity. We hope that in our enclosure imitating a natural environment (temperature, humidity, planting) and with natural food (breeding and catching of local insects and small vertebrates) we can be successful or at least add valuable information to the knowledge that we have now. Více »
Recently I have come back from my last trip to the Philippines. The main purpose of this trip was to finalize developing of a breeding enclosure for tarsiers as a part of a complex tarsier conservation centre in Bilar on Bohol Island. As we believe starting of the breeding facility directly in the Philippines, in the local area, can eliminate some of the factors that could possibly lead to a failure of captive breeding in the past – e. g. stress during transport, climate and natural food. This project started in early 2012 after a new area for the project purpose was chosen. The property is owned by Wings of Serenity and is situated in barangay Subayon, Bilar, a very quiet three hectare area suitable for wildlife conservation. Within this area, preparations for the tarsier conservation centre facilities have started. It was first planned that the work should be finished within an earlier time frame but unfortunately the work was interrupted due to the recent earthquake that caused material, work-power and also financial damage and loss to the project. Therefore a longer period of time was spent on the preparations for getting the tarsiers into a professionally maintained centre. Více »