Bohol Tarsiers: The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary Travel Guide

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Did you know that Asia is home to some of the world’s most exotic animals? If you’re looking for an exciting travel destination, consider the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol.

Here, you’ll have a chance to see the world’s smallest primate up close and personal! Keep reading for more information on this unique sanctuary.

About the Tarsier

Tarsiers are one of the oldest mammal species on earth. They’ve been around for 45 million years and are thought to be related to monkeys, apes, and humans.

These creatures are tiny! An adult tarsier is only about 4 to 5 inches tall and weighs less than 5 ounces. Despite their small size, they have big round eyes that help them see in the dark.

Tarsiers are nocturnal animals, which means they’re most active at night. During the day, they usually sleep clinging to branches or the trunks of slim trees.

Although they look cute and cuddly, tarsiers are actually quite delicate creatures. They easily get stressed out and can even die from too much noise or human interaction.

Tarsiers are also slow to reproduce. Females usually only give birth to one baby at a time and they only have one mating season per year. This low reproduction rate makes it difficult for tarsiers to bounce back from population decline.

The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is located in Corella, Bohol. It’s a protected area that covers more than 160 hectares of forest.

This sanctuary was established in order to help conserve the tarsier population. The sanctuary works to educate the public about these unique creatures and their habitat. They also work to rehabilitate sick or injured tarsiers.

The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is open to the public and has become a popular eco-tourism destination.

When you visit, you’ll be able to learn all about tarsiers in the exhibition area. There are also conference rooms, a souvenir shop, an audiovisual room, and a library full of tarsier-related information.

The sanctuary offers guided tours led by experienced guides. They’ll take you on a short trek through the forest and help you spot some of these shy creatures.

If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a baby tarsier! Seeing one of these rare animals in person is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Getting There

The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is located in Corella, Bohol. The best way to get there is by taking a bus, renting a car or motorbike. Once you’re in Corella, follow the signs to the sanctuary.

See the Tarsiers by tour

You can also see the Tarsiers as a part of the Countryside Tour at an affordable price. These trips are quite popular in Bohol, and they’re an excellent way to learn about the island while staying safe. For more information and availability, click the button below:

Fees and Opening Hours

The entrance fee is P150 per person. Children 7 years old and below are free of charge. Senior citizens and students are given 20% discount. Bring your ID.

The sanctuary is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily.

IMAGE |Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc Facebook Page

Best Time to Visit

The best months to visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary are from January to May when the weather is dry and cool.

What to Expect

When we visited the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that the sanctuary does not keep the tarsiers in cages. In fact, they have taken great care to preserve the natural habitat of these creatures.

The guides are very knowledgeable about the tarsiers and are more than happy to share information about these fascinating animals.

We highly recommend you take a guided tour of the sanctuary so that you can learn all about the tarsiers and see them in their natural habitat. It lasts 15 to 30 minutes but you’ll be able to see these rare creatures up close and personal.

During the tour, we got to see three tarsiers up close! One turned its head 180 degrees which was creepy but cute! Haha. It was truly an amazing experience. My face hurt from smiling so much.

Ryk and I were giggling like little girls the whole time. We were just so happy to see these rare and beautiful creatures.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, we highly recommend you visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary!

Want to Donate to the Sanctuary?

The Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc. (PTFI) is a non-profit organization that runs the sanctuary. They rely on donations to help fund their conservation efforts.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through PayPal or bank deposit. See the photo below for the details.

IMAGE |Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc Facebook Page
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