For the second time this year a Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius Syrichta) has been rescued and released in Maitum, Sarangani. It was found wandering in the ground by a local of Brgy. Upo on October 6, 2020.
The tarsier appeared to be in good health condition, so the LGU decided to release it the same day at Lemlunay Research and Learning Center in Barangay Upo where it can live in its natural habitat.
The Philippine tarsier with large goggling eyes is one of the world’s smallest primates, weighing just three to five ounces and measuring up to six inches long – about the size of an adult palm.
The Philippine tarsier is thought to thrive and is only endemic in Bohol and few areas in Visayas. But over the years, frequent sightings of these tiny primates in the vast Maitum rainforest suggest that they also found a home in Mindanao.
The Philippine tarsier was named a specially protected faunal species by the government and designated as “near threatened” by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2008 due to the significant decline of its population. They only live in forests with bushy vegetation, and lots of insects to eat. One of the factor to its decline is the lost of its habitat due to deforestation.
The LGU also reminded the public that possession of wildlife without a permit is punishable under Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.”