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
Find more about supporting of our project.
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 »
Our first tarsier – © M. Řeháková
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 »
tarsier enclosure – photo Milada Řeháková
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 »
Find an interview with Dr. Milada Řeháková on a primatological webpage:
“Each primate species has its own threats and heroes, and the tiny Philippine tarsier (Tarsius [Carlito] syrichta) it’s not an exception. In this case, the main threats, shared by almost all the species of the order, are the loss of habitat and illegal pet trade. To unveil what is being doing to protect it and how, we have interviewed Milada Řeháková, the young team leader of the Tarsius Project.”
Yesterday we have arrived to Bilar, the Tarsius project site and have met Cristy and the two volunteering guys Alex and Filip. Here you can read about experiences that a field assistant can have during fieldwork.
“My name is Alexander, a 27-year old, recently graduated ethologist from the northern part of Europe, namely the country of Sweden. After my graduation earlier this year, I was contemplating what path would lay ahead for me. It boiled down to two choices: search for a job in Sweden or to try travelling abroad as a volunteer. No need to tell you what choice I decided for. From the news that I was accepted as a voluntary field assistant in the Tarsier Project to me sitting here in the outskirts of the little community of Subayon, Bilar, and writing this reflection on my stay here after one and a half month, I can surely say that I haven’t regretted the decision to come here. Více »
On Monday I am going back to Bohol, after two and half year. In the meantime my colleague Cristy and volunteer field assistants Alex and Filip work on building of the tarsier conservation centre. Keep the fingers crossed that everything goes as planned. We will be back with more news in September.