A pair of Philippine tarsiers photographed by ©Peejay Terrado in Philippines.
Tarsier are cuddly-looking creatures with soft, grayish-fur; about 100 millimeters in height; with rat-like tail which is longer than the body and bat-like ears.
Tarsiers are prosimians whose phylogenetic position within the order Primates has been debated for many years. Even the differentiation of these three species known in the Philippines is complicated and very few take the risk with an ID. It is very well possible that these species are actually a single species, developed into three races due to the physical separation on the various islands .
Some interesting facts about tarsiers :
- They may 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.
- A single tarsier needs at least a hectare of space per individual.
Currently there are few centers in the Philippines for the tarsier conservation.