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We Philippines Tarsier Monkey's are probably the smallest primates in the world. Our Latin name is 'Tarsius Syrichta'. Our diet consists of insects in the main which we eat live. Our height is between 90 to 160 mm (3.5 to 6.25 inches). Our weight is between 70 to 165 grams (3-6 ozs). Our big eyes give us very acute night vision which make us good night hunters. Our big ears can move in the direction of any noise and our heads can swivel through 180 degrees which all help us in hunting.
We are still found in parts of the Philippines and parts of Indonesia. However we used to be all over the South East Asian Islands. It has been estimated that there are between 5,000 and 10,000 of us left in the world. However that number is known to be falling. Efforts have been made to breed us in captivity but although we are very loveable animals we do not live long in captivity. If we become unhappy it is said that we commit suicide by banging our heads on something hard like cage sides.
Tarsiers like me suffer from a number of factors over the years that has seen our reduction in numbers. The destruction of the Rain Forests have been one of these factors as we all live in this type of terrain. As these have systematically been removed so the my extended family numbers have fallen.

Another factor is the hunting of my relatives for pets. The Japanese and Mexicans buy us for as little as 100 pesos (1.50).
However we generally do not live long in captivity unless they can keep us happy and engaged. President Fidel V. Ramos signed Proclamation 1030 which has made the Tarsier a protected species.

Please Note - Tarsiers cannot be bought in the Philippines and should not be kept in captivity!!!!
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Oct 02 2006 20:20 GMT Minz PRO
What a cute little monkey!
Thanks so much for all the information - most interesting.
Oct 02 2006 20:40 GMT ot711
great shot and info...this is another example of the many endangered native species on Islands environment like us in the Pacific.
Oct 02 2006 20:48 GMT Ruedi PRO
Its really bad its so, any generations later will know them then only from ours pics!
Oct 02 2006 23:45 GMT ferrariwalter
Excellent foto Ruedi! It's sad the habitat of many animals disappears and people hunting endangered animals for their own profit! :-(
Oct 02 2006 23:55 GMT renate
Oct 03 2006 10:35 GMT marijke06
great shot...the eyes!!!
Oct 03 2006 12:17 GMT Poulet PRO
Great shot ! So cute !!!
I TOTALLY agree with Walter !!!
Oct 03 2006 14:12 GMT Pinklaine
Wow! Nice to see our very own national animal_The famous Tarsiers!! Thanks so much for posting them here Ruedi! :o) Nice to hear from you again!
Oct 03 2006 18:15 GMT lunalunita
Ja, grosse Augen .. so suess !! Danke fuer den Kommentar auf meiner Seite !!
Oct 03 2006 19:16 GMT Mia87
cuteeee, great!
Oct 04 2006 05:16 GMT maiylah
oh, you were in Bohol!
yes, they shouldn't caged...
Oct 04 2006 17:48 GMT celia1970
Great capture, heard a lot about it but never seen one yet!!
Nov 21 2006 23:46 GMT Kire403
as of now, Tarsier can't be touched by tourists but we can just look at them... I have set my plan to visit the place again before 2006 ends... thanks for the link Ruedi.....
Jan 13 2007 22:12 GMT jamby PRO
isn't he the coolest creature in the whole world? i have one with me...but i'm too shy to show my ugly face :-))
Nov 14 2007 05:45 GMT thehousekeeper