Another Philippine Tarsier was recently sighted in a farm near a school in Megkawayan, Calinan, Davao City. According to a school teacher Jaypee Joromat, it is not the first time that they have spotted these primates in their yard.
As tiny as the size of an adult palm, Philippine Tarsier is one of the smallest primates in the world with large goggling eyes as its arresting and prominent feature. They are endemic to a few areas in Visayas, exacting in Bohol. But over the years, frequent sightings of these tiny primates suggest that they also found a home in Mindanao, one of which is Davao region.
Experts are yet to conclude on the characteristics and distinctions of the Mindanao Tarsiers from those of other areas. For research and conservation purposes, we earnestly call the public to not possess, trade, harm or even touch these primates.
To date, Philippine Tarsier is listed as nearly threatened species and, if not conserved, may lead to extinction. Threats to their descending population include low birth rate, loss of habitat and as aforementioned, human intervention.
Again, may we remind the public that if a Tarsier is in sight, do not touch it unless necessary. If found displaced, you may release it back to the wild while handling it delicately. As Tarsiers are nocturnal, avoid taking photographs with flash as this will frighten them. If otherwise injured, call the assistance of the authorities.
Please dial the DENR XI hotline numbers for assistance - 09476116083 (Smart) or 09063788784 (Globe).
Philippine Tarsier is ours as pride, also ours to conserve.