Welcome on the web page of The Tarsius Project!
This project focuses on research and conservation of endangered primate species, the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) in-situ, in area of origin.
The Philippine tarsier is an insectivorous primate with huge eyes and very long legs and fingers. You can hold its body on your palm. Researchers don not have many information about this interesting creature so far. Only one species Tarsius syrichta, is found in the Philippines. The Philippine tarsier lives in last remains of forest on few Philippines islands. Tarsiers are endangered especially due to habitat loss and also hunting for pet trade because of their cute appearance.
Goal of the Tarsius project is integration of conservation, education of broad public community and research, which will help us to gather lacking information about biology of this interesting species. The fieldwork is being conducted on Bohol Island. In 2009-2010 we focused on long term radio-telemetric observation which will reveal interesting information about their life. The other part of the project is education of public community. We focus on local people that are responsible for hunting and destroying of the habitat. Especially education of young generation is necessary for future conservation of the species. We focus also on captive tarsiers issue and we helped to improve conditions of captive tarsiers on Bohol.
Our current goal is to establish a conservation centre for tarsiers on Bohol Island and to develop ecotourism in the area. Please find more information in the Project section.