Fruits Trees from Tzu Chi

“To help preserve the world’s smallest primate” and the Mother Earth as a whole.”-excerpts from Tzu Chi Foundation

Last October 22, 2016, Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Corella Tarsier Sanctuary got a wonderful visit from Tzu Chi Foundation. The visit was primarily for biodiversity support of the Tarsier Sanctuary by planting close to 140 insect host plants which are basically fruit trees.

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The fruit trees would attract insects such as beetles and grasshoppers which are the ideal food for tarsiers… not fruit and certainly not worms! Not matter how mega or superworm they are. Or no matter how cultured those maybe.

Plus the Tarsiers health primarily rests on their need to hunt and that means allowing them to roam for more than 1 kilometer every night to catch live insects. That is why caging them would never work! And claims of breeding them in a 20 meter square area is just simple–IMPOSSIBLE! ūüôā

Tarsier population in Corella is growing and therefore the need for insects too is increasing, and these fruit trees are a GREAT HELP.

Sad But True: Other tarsier sites in Bohol (because tarsiers scattered all over Bohol) are experiencing a decrease in tarsier numbers so much since the areas too have tarsier viewing facilities which are simply for profit no matter how fancy they call themselves be and tarsiers just aren’t happy with mahogany trees.

Thank you Tzu Chi for the warm support. May the world be filled with amazing humans like you.

Getting Here

Via Public Transport:

  1. From Seaport or Airport get into a tricycle and tell driver to take you to Sikatuna Jeepney Terminal (This is right infront of Island City Mall). Fare is P100.00 per tricycle.
  2. From Sikatuna Jeepney Terminal, get into a Jeepney bound to Sikatuna via Corella. (Just anybody there which jeepney passes by Philippine Tarsier Foundation. )This jeepney drops you off to Philippine Tarsier Foundation. Fare is P17.00. Tell the driver of the jeepney that you are headed to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella.
  3. Upon arrival there is a huge signage and rough road, take it and walk for 300 meters to the Research Building where you will pay P60.00 entrance fee and have a guide to show you around the sanctuary and where to see the tarsiers.
  4. Going Back, just take a jeepney headed to Tagbilaran. And yes it is safe to hitch hike here. Fare is P15.00 for jeepney.

Via Tricycle:

  1. From Airport or seaport or anywhere in Tagbilaran City, take a tricycle and ask driver to take you to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella One way is P150 per tricycle, round trip is P500 when driver waits for you.

Via Car:

  1. Make sure to contact a trusted travel agency. Tell them to take you to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella. Fare is P500 per car and P1,000 round trip from Tagbilaran City.

Feel free to contact us to arrange car for you.

IMPORTANT:

  • Bring Rain Coat- weather is unpredictable. The Sanctuary is in the center of forest so rain comes often than in other parts of the island.
  • You can put on some insect repellent
  • They have ¬†a documentary video there. If you have free time, you be happy to watch it.

Spreading the Tarsier Love with NOSTE and HNU

NOTSE- a National Organization of Science Teachers and Educators held their 2016 NOSTE International Research and Seminar Workshop in Cebu with a day in Bohol where in Philippine Tarsier Foundation was their main site tour last October 9.

Before the brief tour to the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, the manager of the Tarsier Foundation was made to do a 30 minute Tarsier Education Talk and campaign for tarsier conservation which was the highlight of the October 9 event held in Nursing Skills Laboratory, HNU.

The event was participated by Science Teachers all over the Philippines and a representative from Guam and Malaysia and all expressed their love for the Tarsiers.

Want to spread the word? Want us to be part of your event? Send us a message and let’s collaborate!

 

 

Hero of the Tarsiers

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.

 

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A View from the Top

Photo by Marta Patyra

These are just some of the photos the Polish Volunteers took during the Day Trek and Camping.

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The photo above is taken during the early morning where the forest was covered with fog and looked like, well at least to me, a grass with cob webs and dew.

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Just before sunset,  beautiful orange and dark clouds with a powder blue background of a sky made the scene almost out of this world, thanks to volunteer Ms. Marta Patyra for capturing the view.

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It never fails to remind me of Jurassic Park or Avatar.

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These are just some of the views you’ll when you trek to the viewing decks found inside the tarsier sanctuary. But of course, experiencing it is a whole lot different than mere photos.

Experience Day Trekking

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Day trekking allows you to explore the tarsier inhabited forest with the added benefit of exercise and breathtaking views.

During noon, it could be hot and humid, thus we encourage trekkers to bring water and even extra-shit. The ground when wet, as it always is especially if you trek before noon, is very slippery thus flipflops certainly will not work.

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Since its a forest, trekkers might encounter animals such as snakes thus be very careful with your steps.

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There are signages too, but very few thus trekkers must be accompanied by a guide during the entire hike.

You take as may photos as you like. These photos are taken by Polish volunteer, Marta Patyra during the trekking and camping of the foundation volunteers.

If interested in Day trekking contact us or go to our Day Trekking Page in this website.