I am so delighted that finally my article Hero of the Tarsiers, featuring the tarsier man Carlito Pizarras, has been published in Highlights, a children’s magazine, last March 2014. It was a very long wait since I submitted it early 2011, but I can tell you it was worth it!
If you are here in the States, you can find the magazine at any public library. Just recently, I tried to google it and I found out that you can read the full article. Isn’t that so cool? Everything is at your fingertips as long as you have an internet connection.
Here’s the link - http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Hero+of+the+Tarsiers%3A+carlito+Pizarras+stopped+hunting+them+and…-a0360205878
Now you can share this article to any child you know. I think even children should be educated about the tarsiers and how Carlito Pizarras have played a vital role in saving them.
As part of GLOBE TELECOM’s TREE GROWING PROGRAM, Philippine Tarsier Foundation Staff and volunteers every other morning plant seedlings along trails and barren areas of the forest.
The trees specially selected by Carlito Pizarras, more famous for the alias “Tarsier man” which serves the purpose as host for INSECTS (Staple food for tarsiers) and as host trees for animals.
The volunteers are from European Union , hosted by YSDA (Marianne), a Spanish long term volunteer (Enrique) and a short term French Volunteer (Quentin) of the Foundation.
This is just one of he series tree plating which totals to 300 host trees! Good for insects, Good for TARSIERS and of curse great for the various species of birds having their home in the forest of the Philippine Tarsier Foundation
For more photos see:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.658690487503775.1073741829.167450733294422&type=1
The Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Incorporated (PTFI) a non-stock, non-profit organization which was mandated by the DENR in their 1997 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to implement the Philippine Tarsier Conservation Program gains international as well as local attention for their efforts.
The Conservation Mandate carried four (4) major components, namely:
Conservation and Preservation of the Philippine Tarsier and its Natural Habitat. To this end a Sanctuary was acquired and maintained in Canapnapan, Corella. Part of this component was the employment of Mr. Carlito Pizzaras, now known as the Tarsier Man. He is known for his passion in the care and devotion of the Tarsier, studying and observing them in the wilds, even as a young boy.
Scientific Research. IUCN and other conservationist organization rated the Tarsier as Data Deficient or “DD” and Conservation Dependent.
Community Organizing. This component mandates the mobilization of People’s Organization, providing livelihood and educating them to help in the conservation efforts.
Eco-Tourism. To open the sanctuary to guests and tourists and allow them to see tarsiers in their natural habitat, imparting them with the necessary inputs to make them aware of the need for conservation and make them in turn ambassadors to the cause of this beautiful animal.
On September 6, 2007 the US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie A. Kenney came to visit the tarsier sanctuary and went home impressed at the efforts made by PTFI, despite the lack of funds. Through this exposure the USAid, is now looking for ways on how to help the efforts at preserving this specie of tarsier, scientifically known a Tarsius Syrichta.