This is just another backlog post from my last year’s visit to Bohol. My co-workers and I are planning on visiting Bohol soon which finally made me blog about it.
Being one of the tour highlights of Bohol, it is important to visit the Tarsier Conservation Area. It was drizzling when we visited the sanctuary situated in Loboc, Bohol. Even though there were lots of tourists, the place was maintained quite and tranquil, a sign that visitors were adhering to the rules. Visitors were charged a minimal admission fee of PHP60.00 and PHP 50.00 for students and senior citizens for the conservation of the area and the tarsiers. Afterwards, we were debriefed about Do’s and Dont’s while inside the Tarsier Conservation Area.
Tourist couple with a sleeping tarsier
Each group were accommodated by one tour guide to ensure that visitors were following the rules — the use of camera flash and touching the tarsiers are STRICTLY prohibited; and “silence” is strictly observed.
Since I already knew some facts about tarsiers, on our way inside, I felt that what we’re doing was wrong. Tarsiers are nocturnal mammals and sleep daylight, it came to me that visiting these endangered species at the time of the day will bother them to eventually cause them to be stressed. I really didn’t feel right.
The gap between the visitors and the tarsiers was about a meter and a half which for me was not enough. There were also some spots where tarsiers were pretty close to the visitors which was another thing that made me felt “not right.” Though I really liked the fact that each group of visitors was guided by a personnel to watch over and make sure that they are adhering to the rules. Read more…