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
I live and work in Philippine Tarsier Foundation which is basically placed in the jungle.
Just behind the main building of the foundation where all the volunteers stay, there is a sanctuary where our precious tarsiers live. We are in a close touch with jungle and everything which lives there. It basically means that we share our accommodation with all the insects, lizards, snakes and creatures which feel invited to our building ;p
I’m here three months and I can already recognize most of the noises coming from the jungle, especially during the night time when all the animals are easily hearable by us – a real jungle music! I really enjoy living close to the nature and wildlife… To be honest, every time I come back to the jungle from the city I feel like home! 😉
The closest civilization is 15 km far from our foundation, it’s a quite a big city called Tagbilaran. Once per 2-3 days we go there by jeepney or hitch-hiking to use Internet and buy some food in a supermarket or street market.
Living in the jungle has its advantages, as long as you enjoy nature, wildlife and you don’t mind to get really dirty;p
Coming to the Philippines, I was sure that I’d love to take diving course. Now, when two months of our stay as volunteers have passed, finally, a perfect moment to do so appeared.
All together: the volunteers from Bohol and some extra active ones from Manila ;)) plus our great mentor Joannie, we went to a little paradisiac island called Pamilacan to take a four-day-long course. The weather was perfect, the instructors were experienced and the group was fun – nothing could be any better!
After four days of
diving, sunbathing, reef watching and learning, we passed our exam for Open Water Divers and now all the great diving spots are waiting for us!
For us, volunteers of the Tarsier Foundation, Bohol is all about tarsiers. However, there are other interesting animals living here – for example giant bats with a wingspan of 1.5?1.7 m (more info:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_golden-crowned_flying_fox) or Philippine flying lemur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_flying_lemur). Obviously, those animals are quite difficult to spot. No worries – if you’re not lucky enough, you may always go to see macaques. Some of them are
crab-eating but for sure they will not resist if they are offered a banana!
Hi! My name is Kamila and I come from Poland. I’m really happy I can be part of EVS project in Philippines. This amazing country gives me opportunity to be close with nature, get to know other culture and friendly local people. According the project, I work and live in Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella (Bohol) with other volunteers from Poland, Italy and Spain. Working in sanctuary as a tour guide gives me opportunity to stay close with nature what I really appreciate because I have a great interest in biology and geography area.