After demanding monitoring of our new female tarsier, Nina, staff of our Project could not wait to come back to schools, to educate new young Ambassadors of Tarsiers. Thanks to fruitful collaboration with local Principals, we had a chance to visit four schools between 10th and 14th August. Going further than our previous activities in neighbouring schools, we went to very remote areas, where the need for raising awareness among youngest is even higher due to closeness of the forest. Read more »
You might have wondering what was happening in our captive management in past few months. Since we got our first tarsier, Julius and after monitoring his adjustment to the new conditions, we immediately started careful searching for a female. As we informed you a few times, the Philippine tarsiers are very sensitive to captive environment, so our next tarsier had to be chosen very carefully. Thus, in past few months we spent a lot of evenings in the forest. And, finally, we can tell a result… Let us introduce Nina!
She is a beautiful tarsier captured in a calm secondary forest in Bilar. Nina is an adult female with an average weight for the species, as when she arrived to our enclosure she had 114 g. Her behaviour was timid at the beginning, but now she is fully expressing her nature in a long and extremely quick leaps and being interested in every novelty. She started using more and more space available in her enclosure, showing signs of progressive adaptation process. Read more »
This time we do not bring you info about tarsiers but another interesting Philippine animals. The Dinagat bushy-tailed cloud rat (Crateromys australis) is endemic to Dinagat Island, a small island in the East of the Philippines. It was seen first time in 1975 and thenafter wasn´t found until our expedition in 2012. Please read about this rediscovery in open access scientific journal – Journal of Threatened Taxa.
Are you interested how the life of a volunteer on the Tarsius project looks like? Read below an article written by Alex who spent six months with us.
“These following words should be viewed as a condensed, written version of some of my experiences as a volunteer for the Tarsius Project during my seven month long stay in the island of Bohol, Philippines.
First off, I feel volunteering is something for everyone if you have the right mindset and are dedicated to put your time and effort for the cause, whatever it is. Don’t expect, don’t assume, just have an open mind and deal with whatever life throws at you in the present moment. It is something that can make you grow as a person and if the subject is something related to your professional field, it is a perfect addition to your CV! Read more »
Between 25th and 28th March, the 7th Bohol Red Cross Youth Summer Camp 2015 with the theme „Save the Nature, Save the Future” was held In Bohol Island State University in Bilar. It aimed to increase environmental awareness among young Boholanos. The Tarsius Project also participated in this event, as our Field Assistant, Filip, was invited there as a Resource Speaker to give a talk on tarsiers conservation. The panel was called “Hello Little Tarsier” and took place at the afternoon on 26th March, 2015.
We are very pleased to inform you that the Tarsius project got the 1. Price of the ZGAP-CLIP-AWARD 2015. It was organized by ZGAP (Zoologishe Gesellschaft für Arten- und Populationsschutz – Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations) that supports Tarsius project since last year. Enjoy the videoclip!
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »