Not too many nature-lovers the world over know the world’s smallest primate may be found on one tropical island paradise, along with dozens of similarly rare flora and fauna. The Philippine island of Bohol in its Visayas region is rapidly gaining ground and popularity for its various nature-themed activities, including swimming with whale sharks and nature-trail hiking in its virgin forests, but few more popular than searching Bohol’s rainforests for the elusive Philippine tarsier.
The Philippine tarsier is one of the world’s smallest known primates. A nocturnal animal, the tarsier lives live in and around tree trunks, roots of bamboo and other plants, and in coast and valley valleys. Somewhat prolific in Bohol’s forests by Philippine standards, but a few hundred short of endangered species status, the tarsier is a close relative of the lemur, despite the incorrect assumption that tarsiers are monkeys.
There are three types of Philippine tarsiers. The tarsier fraterculus is found exclusively on Bohol island; the other two, tarsier carbonarius and tarsier philippensis, are found on Mindanao island and Samar and Leyte islands, respectively.
Most well-known for the disproportionate size of its eyes in comparison to the rest of its body, its eye sockets are actually larger than those of its brain or stomach. It also has gray fur and a tail with a tuft at its end. It can rotate its head 180 degrees, and catch its pretty using sharp teeth and dexterous hands. The tarsier actually takes its name from its unusually long ankle bones, known as tarsius. These long bones act as shock absorbers, allowing the tarsier to leap from tree to tree in frog-like movements.
Many Bohol resorts include packages that give Guests the opportunities for nature treks and discoveries that feature the Philippine tarsier. One particular resort, the Flushing Meadows Resort & Playground in Panglao Island, is an ideal venue given its proximity to many of the island’s attractions. Flushing Meadows Resort & Playground is a 20-minute drive from Tagbilaran City’s airport and pier. Built along a marine sanctuary and surrounded by beautiful coral and rocks, Flushing Meadows is the country’s established vantage point for dancing dolphins and whales. Further information regarding facilities and location, as well as directions and a map to the property can be found in the official hotel website, http://www.flushingmeadows.com.ph, which now offers instantly confirmed rooms at the best rates online.
Discover the Philippine tarsier, up close and personal, on an eco-friendly, unforgettable Bohol vacation! Book a room with the Flushing Meadows Resort and Playground today.