We did The Countryside tour on our second day in Bohol. Our first stop is The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella Bohol. It was a 15minute drive from the Panda Tea Garden Suites. We got to get upclose with the Tarsiers and kind of meet the famous Tarsier Man. Well, not really meet, we saw him and passed by him, I didn’t even realize it was him until Earvin told me when we were already back in our hotel room. He is such a simple man.
You have to pass by the Tarsier Research Center before you can actually get to the Tarsier Sanctuary. You really get to know Tarsiers in a deeper perspective once you read about them on the Research Center. I love how the research center provided trivia like facts making it amusing to read.
They even have a baby tarsier skeleton and an adult tarsier skeleton on display. Look at how big those eye sockets are! O.O
Fun Facts about the Philippine Tarsier:
- The Philippine Tarsier occurs in Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and other parts of Mindanao.
- Tarsier’s eyes are 150 times biggeer than humans relative to the body size.
- They can rotate their head 180degrees, side by side.
- Tarsiers can move their ears to the direction of sounds.
- They have an elongated leg bone, like the tarsius bone where it was named after.
- They have elongated feet and toes too that can grip well.
- Their tails is what they use for balance when they jump, they can jump for up to 5 meters.
The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary:
After the research center, you’ll be led by a guide to the actual Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary. Your guide will tell you were the tarsiers are, they are so tiny that looking for them in a forest like environment will be very time consuming without a guide’s help. The guides in the sanctuary are actually really really nice, they would even offer to take pictures for you. Tarsiers are nocturnal animals, they hunt during the night and take their much needed rest and sleep during the day so you have to be very quiet and use your inside voice while in the sanctuary. Flash photography is not allowed and tourists are not allowed to get too close to them either.
Did you know that The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is the FIRST facility who was successful in breeding Tarsier in captivity? That’s a huge milestone for Tarsiers and the facility itself! The breeding was led by the Tarsier Man, Carlito Pizarras who started taking care of Tarsiers when he was a child.
You have to pay a 60php fee before you can enter the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, just a heads up! 😉