Jun 252011
 
Tarsier in Bohol, Philippines | Photo by Todd L. Cohen | Visit50.com

For a moment I thought I met real Gremlins!  Introducing the extremely rare Philippine Tarsier, one of the smallest primates on earth.  Tarsiers have enormous sized eyes, which are as large as their brains. Some call them the cutest “monkey” on earth. What do you think?

Tarsier in Bohol, Philippines

Other fun facts about these cute primates:  Tarsiers are very shy nocturnal animals, but I managed to get a few photos for you. Look at those eyes!

Tarsier wrapped up in a bed of leaves, in Bohol, Philippines

Tarsier wrapped up in a bed of leaves

Photos taken by Todd L. Cohen in Bohol, Philippines!

Tarsiers have little tiny hands and feet | Photo taken in Bohol, Philippines

Tarsiers have little tiny hands and feet

The Philippine Tarsier diet is nearly exclusively insects, which they catch by jumping at them (on occasion these little guys also eat birds, snakes, bats, lizards). They’re quick jumpers. Tarsiers look asleep at one moment, and then jump to another branch the next.

Tarsiers are really small | Bohol, Philippines

Tarsiers are really tiny

As you can see, the Philippine Tarsier is really tiny – they fit in my hands!  Just 4-6 inches.

Sleeping tarsiers - they're nocturnal primates | Bohol, Philippines | Photo by Todd Cohen | 50and50by50.com

The Philippine Tarsier is a nocturnal primates. Very sleepy!

They say a visit to Bohol is not complete without seeing the famous Philippine Tarsier, and I’d have to agree. They’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen (besides Gizmo from the Gremlins!).

Tarsiers have little tiny fingers and toes | Bohol, Philippines | Photo by Todd Cohen | 50and50by50.com

Tarsiers have little tiny fingers and toes to hug the tree branch

Tarsier eyes are too big to move in their sockets, so they rotate their head 180 degrees.

Tarsiers in Bohol, Philippines | Photo by Todd Cohen | 50and50by50.com

The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta or Carlito syrichta) is an endangered speciesendemic to the Philippines.  The tarsier species is believed to be 45 million years old.

My Tarsier friend in Bohol, Philippines

Tarsiers are so little!

Tarsiers are indigenous to Southeast Asia; Bohol is one of just a few islands where the Philippine Tarsier can be found.

Video of a Tarsier eating a cricket: http://www.youtube.com/embed/nuH48JW8XrU

More info on Wikipedia , Bohol.ph, and here.

It wasn’t the first time seeing cute wildlife in my trip – the baby orangutans, baby elephants, and baby monkeys in Borneo were adorable!  I also saw other types of animals up close - macaquesproboscis monkeyssharks, camelspythons, and more!

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  One Response to “Philippine Tarsiers – world’s cutest primate?”

  1. Great photos! They are so little and cute!

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