The Tarsiers of Bohol

A cuddly-looking creature with soft, grayish-fur; about 100 millimeters in height; with rat-like tail which is longer than the body and bat-like ears, the Tarsier (Locally called the maomag). It thrives mostly in secondary dense forests with a diet of crickets, beetles, termites and other insects as well as small animals like lizards, frogs, and even small birds but has almost no natural enemies in the wild. Furthermore, this nocturnal creature has the unique ability of being able to turn its head 180 degrees as well as to jump backward with precision. Yet ironically, is listed as one of the country’s threatened species.


  • They are nocturnal animals and should not be disturbed at day time
  • Their main diet is insects and should not be fed with meat
  • They commit suicide during captivity due to trauma from touching and loud noise
  • They’re one of the slowest fetal growth rates of any mammal, taking 6 months to reach a birth weight of 23 grams


  • They are solitary and territorial animals
  • A single tarsier needs at least a hectare of space per individual
  • They don’t belong in a cage


  • Habitat destruction
  • Introduced house cats
  • Hunting
  • Pet trade


  • Not keeping tarsiers as pets
  • Not buying captured tarsiers in the pet market
  • Reporting cases of hunting, killing or smuggling of tarsiers; as a specially protected faunal specie(Proclamation 1030, such acts prohibited)
  • Not patronizing outlets displaying illegally-acquired tarsiers
  • Sending donations to duly recognized bodies promoting tarsier research and conservation

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