The Tarsier Conservation Area is a home of tarsiers, one of the world's smallest primates. Tarsiers measure only about 9-16 cm, have big eyes and can jump 40 times their body length! Locally known as mamag, mago, magau, maomag, malmag and magatilok-iok, tarsiers (Tarsius syrichta fraterculus) are Bohol tourism's mascot. The Philippine tarsier is a shy, nocturnal animal that leads a mostly hidden life. During the day, it sleeps in dark hollows close to the ground, near tree trunks and shrubs deep in the impenetrable bushes and forests. Tarsiers are an endangered species due to illegal destruction of their natural forest habitats.
Tarsiers are known to commit suicide by smashing their heads against hard objects when they’re stressed. And it is easy to stress them. Tarsiers are very sensitive to noise and camera flash can disorient and distress them. Tourist guides make sure that people visiting the area follow the rules so as not to stress the tarsiers.
Best time to visit
October to May
How to get there
Tarsier Conservation Area is over an hour drive from the Panglao Airport. You can rent a taxi or a tricycle to get you there. It is part of the itinerary for most day tours in Bohol.