Do you want to volunteer for the Tarsius project? Read experiences of Maarten who stayed with us for a couple of weeks.
“My name is Maarten Storm, I’m a 33 year old aquarium technician who loves to travel. In late 2015 I was left with a couple weeks of vacation. Normally I’d take this opportunity to take my backpack and head for some place that cought my attention. However, this time I decided I wanted to give volunteering a try.
When I was on Borneo a couple of years ago I got fascinated by tarsiers. I found out that there were a number of species of tarsiers, one of them being Tarsius syrichta which is endemic to a few islands of the Philipines. I started looking for a volunteer job which specifically involved tarsiers and so I found and read all about “The Tarsius Project” in Bilar Bohol. Read more »
image by Paige Carter
Read The Singular Uniqueness of Tarsiers, an article by our field manager Filip Wojciechowski.
South-East Asia draws the attention of many tourists and travelers because of its rich cultural heritage, globally famous cuisine, and picturesque views. But there are a growing number of people who are starting to shift their attention to the native wildlife of the region, both terrestrial and marine. Among others, nature lovers are attracted to small, forest-dwelling animals with huge eyes, jumping enormously long distances: tarsiers. Those tiny creatures are becoming a mandatory part of the travel itinerary of many visitors. Some of the people find them cute, some of them describe them as aliens from another world. But the question remains, what actually are they?
Are you thinking about unusual Christmas gift? Adopt a tarsier in the Philippines! Julius and Nina are waiting for you in our centre in Bilar. The adoption is symbolic. Your contribution of 4 thousand CZK (150 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.
Find out more about support possibilities here.
The latest edition of ‘Primates in Peril: The world’s 25 most endangered primates’ has been revealed last week. Compiled by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC), Bristol Zoological Society, the International Primatological Society (IPS), and Conservation International (CI), new additions to the list include Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) and Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus lavasoensis), both of which are threatened by habitat loss.
“The purpose of our Top 25 list is to highlight those primates most at risk, to attract the attention of the public, to stimulate national governments to do more, and especially to find the resources to implement desperately needed conservation measures,” says Dr Russell Mittermeier, Chair of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and Executive Vice Chair of Conservation International. “In particular, we want to encourage governments to commit to desperately needed biodiversity conservation measures.
“This report makes scary reading for primatologists and the public alike, and highlights where we as conservationists must focus our attention over the coming years,” says Dr Schwitzer, Director of Conservation at Bristol Zoological Society and a world-leading primatologist. “However, it also demonstrates the growing importance of collaboration between the international conservation, research and zoo communities in the protection of species and habitats.”
Read more on IUCN website
We bring hot news from our first tarsier pair. Nina and Julius mated for the first time. We will see if this breeding attempt was successful. If so, in about half year we can expect a first tarsier baby born in our centre.
Julius the tarsier, photo by Milada Řeháková
Hot news from last week!
More than one year since we got Julius, the first tarsier in our conservation centre in Bilar, we could finally put our male and female tarsier together in one enclosure. Nina and Julius are currently housed in a smaller enclosure (meant for quarantine purpose, better observation or in case when needed – as it is now because the big enclosure is being improved). Each tarsier has its own part and this parts can be join together by removing the net wall between them.
Nina and Julius were joined last week. They exhibit some social behaviour like approaching each other, sniffing or grooming. For the first day they slept together in his part of the enclosure. There were no signs of aggression so we hope that they like each other.
We will keep you informed about other breeding attempts.
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 »
Dinagat cloud rat – photo by Václav Řehák
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 »