Summer Science Internship Program with tarsiers

This time we do not present news about tarsiers but something else strongly related to our work here.

One of the major parts of the Tarsius project is conservation education. In May we had great opportunity to lead Summer Science Internship Program for high school students. Thirteen students from Philippine Science High School in Cebu joined our project for twelve days. The major objectives were to teach them how to do the research in the field, educate them more about nature conservation and especially to give them more information about the unique Philippine tarsiers. During the first days we explain them all about the methodology that we used here. They learnt how to use GPS, an especially how to locate the animals using radio receiver, antenna and compass. We also showed them how to record tarsier vocalization. On the following days the students worked in pairs on data collection. One of the tasks for the students was to prepare an educational programs that can be used for elementary and high school students’ education here in the visitors centre in Corella.

I must say that the Summer Science Internship Program was very successful, the students enjoyed the stay and work here and gained much information about the necessity of nature conservation. And finally I’d like to thank to all participant.

3 Responses to “Summer Science Internship Program with tarsiers”

  1. tarsiers

    I am just curious about how the tarsiers are observed and studied. Since they are nocturnal, I imagine that being in the sanctuaries like in Bohol they are very annoyed with all the people making noise and disturbing the peace. In the wild, I would think it would be tough to find them at night.

  2. Milada

    You are right, it is really difficult to observe them in the wild. We use radio-collars so we are able to find the animals and observe them using head lamps with color filter or night vision camera.

  3. Pinyo Sangkheaw

    First of all, I would like to applaud your affort working on the project to make people know more about this lovely but endangered creature, I beleive.I cmoe to the Philippines once or twice a year for my business. But just last week that I was in Cebu and Bohol for the first time and have time of from my work. My colleague who used to be there earlier suggested a day tour sightseeing to Bohol and around 10 of us made it. She told that the highlight of the sightseeing is viewing Tarsier. It was the first time that I would see it with my own eyes and I was very excited about visiting the island and the animal. Before going there we went to the butterfly farm and learnt about your project and a warning that if one love the animal one should not support its captivity. I was realised that warning but as part of the group and my curiousity I still went along. My happy time of the whole day was destryed there once I saw those poor little animals, about ten of them, a baby monkey (still sucking its own thump like drinking its mother’s milk)and two flying aquirrels were kept ther in that poor condition. The make shift is just a few steps from the noisy road, the owner turned on his sound system loudly. The staff selling souvenirs try to pursuade the visitors to buy their products on the top of their voices. I saw visitors trying to get as close as possible to the tarsier to get their clear photo without ani consideration that they may be infected by human deseas. One of the tarsier got excited easily and opened it mout to protest on the visitors who got so close to it but that arouse more attentions of the visitors to surround it and provoke it to do so as they could take more photos.I heard a visitor even ask the keeper if she can buy one back home, unbeleivable!! Poor poor them really to be in such an unfriendly environmental setting and in captivity in the day break. Could you also give me email og the governmental organiszations which is responsible for wildlife protection there so I can write to them. What is the population of the tarsiers in the Philippines now, apprx. and what is it category, endangered? I would find way to humbly help in my own capacity and would contact you later. Sorry for taking much of your precious time. My moral support is always with you and the project.

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