SEE the Famous Philippine Tarsier

See The Philippine Tarsier Like Never Before!

Book a tour today to SEE the Famous Philippine Tarsier its AMAZING! These are endangered species and are returning through conservation of Bohol.

Bohol Tarsier
Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

We offer the best tours to see the famous Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than a adult men’s hand.
Mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects. Folk traditions sometimes has it that Tarsiers eat charcoal, but actually they retrieve the insects from (sometimes burned) wood. It can be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao in the Philippines.

If no action is taken, the tarsier might not survive. Although it is a protected species, and the practice of catching them and then selling them as stuffed Tarsier’s to tourists has stopped, the species is still threatened by the destruction of his natural forest habitat. Many years of both legal and illegal logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have greatly reduced these forests, and reduced the tarsier population to a dangerously small size. If no action is taken now, the Philippine Tarsier can soon be added to the list of extinct species.

Not “The Worlds Smallest Monkey”
“The world’s smallest monkey” is an often heard slogan. However, it is not a monkey.
In truth, its classification is somewhat problematic. Some scientists consider tarsiers to be a taxonomic suborder among the primates. While, because they are closely related
to lemurs, lorises and bush babies,others classify them with the prosimians to which these animals belong.
Monkeys and apes belong to the suborder of anthropoids.
It is also similar to the Famous lemur monkeys of Madagascar the name lemur which is a part of the primate family known as strepsirrhines. “Lemur”.
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Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

This unique tour offers A view of the worlds smallest primate. Come visit with a cuddly-looking Tarsier with soft, grayish-fur, about 100 millimeters in height and bat-like ears, the Tarsier (Locally called the maomag).

 Get a first had look at the famous Tarsier Monkey known world wide as the smallest monkey in the world.

Bohol Tarsier
Bohol Tarsier

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.
The Tarsier is listed as one of the country’s threatened endangered species.

The Tarsier lives deep in the secondary growth forest foothill of Corella town, in the interior part of Bohol, is an institution dedicated to the preservation and scientific researches on the endemic tarsier of Bohol. This is the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary of Canapnapan, Corella Bohol, a project of the foundation primarily established with the Program Goal of:

1) To protect the Philippine Tarsier and its habitat from extinction through increased environmental awareness, research programs and establishment of protected areas for wildlife in the Province of Bohol

2) To provide economic and social development opportunities to the local population through the introduction of eco-tourism-related livelihood endeavors.

The sanctuary

The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary of Corella, Bohol is an arm of the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc. (PTFI), a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1996 to find ways to conserve as well as to promote the tarsier of Bohol. In 1997, with the signing of the MOA between DENR and PTFI the Tarsier Conservation Program was created.


A) Conservation: Conservation and preservation of habitat of the threatened Philippine Tarsier is the main objective of this project. The Foundation has dedicated an 8.4 hectare of secondary growth forest as its main conservation area.

At present, an area within the three municipalities of Corella, Sikatuna and Loboc has been identified as a potential sanctuary for the specie. The site is 167has. Timberland area, it is currently under the administration of the DENR and is part of its Social Forestry Project. The proclamation of this area to be included in the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act is essential to the survival of the Philippine Tarsier in Bohol.

B) Eco-tourism: The popularity of Bohol as an eco-tourism destination in the Philippines will play a major role in the success of any eco-tourism development project in the province. A Tourism Development Plan has been formulated by the Provincial Legislators, these policies and management strategies will expand both conservation and development and can provide livelihood opportunities for remote areas.

C) Environmental Awareness : Through the use of facilities at the Philippine Tarsier Research & Development Center and the Wildlife Sanctuary for teaching purposes, the conservation message extends to all walks of life and will be beneficial to both the goals of the conservation project and to the local communities, schools and other local and international groups.


Very little is known about the Philippine Tarsier. Most of the research in the past has primarily been conducted outside Bohol and even the country. And there exist a very strong need to provide and support a research program for both national and international primatologists and wildlife biologists wishing to come to Bohol and study the tarsiers in their natural habitat.

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