Tarsier Conservation Area, Bohol: What I felt about the tour
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.
It makes me itchy each time I look at this photo, because of the heck mosquito
The other thing I noticed about these poor little primates was that they looked thin. Prior to going to Bohol, I did some research about this endangered species and tarsiers looked plump and healthy from most photos I found on the internet. I wasn’t sure which was the right thing, thin or plump? Were feeding well? Were they stressed because of us? I couldn’t help, I felt guilty.
Okay enough of the guiltiness. I do believe that tarsiers are very well taken care of by local officials of Bohol. I am not complaining about how they run the conservation area, but if given the chance to be one of the officials of Bohol, I would implement a rule limiting the visiting hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., this will allow them to have a complete rest during the day not bothered by the visitors.
Tarsiers natural habitat is the wild and do not do well in captivity, so as much as possible, provide them an environment that feels like a wild and prevent some to “commit suicide.” They are very cute and cuddly yet very fragile, the goal must be both conserve and preserve.
Mica of Senyorita.net
Spotted a cute youngster
Tarsier Conservation Area
Location: Upper Bonbon in Loboc, Bohol, Philippines
Tour to the Tarsier Conservation Area is best availed by group from a rented van.
Follow my Bohol journey:
How to get to Bohol (from Cebu) | Baclayon, Church | Butterfly Farm and Conservation Center | Prony the Largest Python |
The Chocolate Hills | Loboc River Cruise | Where did we stay in Bohol: Panglao