Last week, I said I’ll share the ultimate reason why one should visit Bohol. The above picture is the answer. At least it is the ultimate reason for me. To see a live Philippine tarsier is like a dream come true. After all, they are endangered and they are endemic to the Philippines making it the only country that you can view a live, wild tarsier.
These lil fellas, and I do mean little. They are no bigger than a fist and they are actually nocturnal animals. While I would have loved to visit the official sanctuary, and I do recommend that you try to make it there to see the tarsiers, the group I joined visited one of the many tarsier “viewing” farms scattered around Bohol.
As the tour rightly said, it is guaranteed to see the tarsier as they are placed in pots of plants to simulate their living environment. Apparently they are also quite territorial so it will be difficult to find more than one tarsier in an area.
In the official sanctuary, it is a different case. You will actually walk into a forest to try and spot wild tarsiers. The people in charge of the sanctuary kinda know where they are so you can pretty much see them. The only thing is that they will be quite far away so it is definitely not as close as the ones you see in the “viewing” farms.
These farms used to allow people to touch and hold tarsiers but that is now not allowed. Apparently, they can get quite stressed up and the tarsiers will commit suicide.
What else can you see beside tarsiers? Well, you can also see the lemurs, or rather flying lemurs. Not that they were flying anywhere. They were just hugging each other and staring at me.
The definite highlight of this trip was definitely seeing the tarsiers. It was amazing.