Video clip award

Tarsius Project is involved in surveys and conservation of Dinagat Island fauna since several years. Watch the video clip that shows our effort and won 2. price in ZGAP clip award 2019!

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Good bye to Bohol Island

We started our Philippine tour in Manila where we met Czech ambassador Jana Šedivá and Jana Peterková and presented activities of the Tarsius Project to them.

Now we have just visited Bohol Island, where we spend almost ten years on research and conservation of the Philippine tarsier.

Our team together with local organizations was involved in following activities:

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Expedition Dinagat 2019

We are in the very last phase of preparations for the next expedition do the Philippines!

We plan a short trip to visit Bohol Island to visit our tarsiers at the centre that the Tarsius Project helped to establish and present our results to local conservation authorities.

But we plan to spend the biggest part of our field time  on Dinagat Island again.

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Tarsius Project was presented on conservation conference

Milada Řeháková and Lubomír Peške from Tarsius Project

GBCC – Global biodiversity conservation conference was held last week in Prague at University of Life sciences.

Milada Řeháková presented the Tarsius Project poster, where she informed about Philippine tarsier infants´ behaviour and maternal care of this species. Read more »

Preliminary Observations of Infant Ontogeny in the Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) and the First Description of Play Behaviour and Its Ontogeny in Tarsiers

by Petr Slavík

Last week another paper about tarsier behaviour written by Milada Řeháková, the Tarsius Project leader, was published. It is a book chapter focusing on behaviour of the infants.

In this paper I present the first observations on the ontogeny of tarsier infants during their first and second month and of the mother-offspring bond from birth until separation. Tarsier mother-infant pairs were observed to be solitary. Maternal care involved a cache and carry strategy meaning that the tarsier baby is transported in the mother´s mouth and left alone when the mother goes for food. Read more »

Tarsier baby born in conservation centre in the Philippines celebrates first birthday

tarsier baby and mother from the wild (ilustration picture) -photo by Milada Řeháková

4th may has been announced as international tarsier day. Tarsier baby born last year in a conservation centre on Bohol Island which was developed as a part of the Tarsius Project celebrates its first birthday. It is a huge success. Let´s see what all is behind this success and what he we have learnt thanks to it.

RNDr. Milada Řeháková, Ph.D., founder of the Tarsius Project, explains: „ In 2012 we started development of a conservation centre for the Philippine tarsier in Bilar on Bohol Island as a part of the Tarsius Project together with a local conservation centre Habitat Bohol. During a two years there was a big enclosure built on a former farm property and later also one smaller enclosure. Both were developed and planted by our staff and volunteers and prepared for welcoming of the tarsiers. Our first tarsier is Julius. He got his name after our long-term team member, the best tarsier catcher in the locality. Nowadays is only catches tarsiers for us J. Tarsier female Nina became his partner next year. Our tarsiers got to like each other and we hoped into a successful breeding. Philippine tarsiers breed seasonally. Mating occurs between October and December otherwise they spent their time mostly solitarily. Therefore, our tarsiers were joined in October. Soon we saw mating and after that Nina started to be aggressive towards Julius. So they were separated again and we hoped into a success, the baby. Tarsiers are very difficult to be kept in captivity and so far, their breeding was not successful. So we were curious if we will breeding them successfully in conditions that reflect their natural habitat and the most possible way. Read more »

International help for the second time!

Do you remember the volunteers who came last year to help out the Project? The organizers liked our place that much that they decided to come with their help this year as well! Some of the faces were familiar, but mostly new people decided to support the development of the Tarsius Conservation Center with their own hands.

Like last year, these young people came to Bohol to contribute to construction of facilities for children in few municipalities. Our Project was included in their itinerary and on 26th July they came to enhance our insects breeding facility. Read more »

How the Tarsius Project builds local capacity!

Do you remember the visit of Cebu students in September last year? Young Filipinos liked our Project that much that they wished to come and gain working experience with us! As a part of collaboration between the Project and the University of San Carlos, we hosted students of Environmental Science Between 18th April and 2nd June 2017. The students were doing their On-The-Job-Traineeship program under supervision of the Project staff as well as collecting data for their theses. They helped with tarsiers husbandry learning how to conduct tasks in animal captive breeding facility. They also participated in the research subproject focused on tarsiers habitat selection. The students were put through gradual stages of progress from observations, through practical learning, leading to independent task performance. Read more »

From tarsiers to cloud rats, scientist strives to save Philippine species

An interview with Milada Řeháková on Mongabay.com.

  • In this interview, Milada Rehakova shares how she and her husband rediscovered the bushy-tailed cloud rat, previously thought extinct, on Dinagat Island in 2012.
  • Rehakova is currently working with local allies to establish the first protected areas on Dinagat Island to protect the cloud rat and tarsiers among other species.
  • Rehokova is also working to save the tarsiers of Bohol from an exploitative tourist trade.

Read more on Mongabay.com

Project Vacancies

Please check out our project vacancies.

We are cuurrently looking for:

  • Field manager
  • Insect specialist

Would you like to join our team? Find more here.

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