INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TARSIERS:
- 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
- One eye is bigger than it’s brain
- They can turn their heads 180 degrees left, and 180 degrees right. Total of 360 degrees.
- Their ears move to the direction of sound.
- They have 1 baby per year. (2 baby per year is possible but seldom)
- The Philippine Tarsier is very territorial. One tarsier has a 1 hectare territory.
- In establishing territory, male tarsiers fight to the death.
- Male tarsier even practice infanticide where the male tarsier kils a baby tarsier in his territory if it’s his offspring.
- Tarsiers can jump 3-5 meters.
- In the day they are very sensitive to sound. Therefore silence is a must!
- 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
- They thrive on secondary forest with thick undergrowth.
- Habitat destruction
- Introduced house cats
- Hunting to display in tourist sites or sites with too much noise.
YOU CAN HELP PRESERVE THE TARSIERS BY:
- 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) to DOT.
- Not patronizing outlets displaying illegally-acquired tarsiers
- Supporting Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc.