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January 19, 2008
From journal Bohol and Beyond
April 18, 2007
The tarsier is one of the many jewels of Bohol. The Philippine Tarsier Foundation was set-up for the protection of this endangered species. A 20-hectare forest land is being conserved in Corella, Bohol where a natural sanctuary for the tarsiers was established. Inside the sanctuary, a Tarsier Center is found where information and necessary research materials about the species are kept. We were allowed to go deeper in the midst of the sanctuary and we found the tarsiers enjoying the freedom to roam and live without threats in their natural habitat. The sanctuary was far from other tourist spots but for one who is interested on this small primate and its protection, a visit to the Tarsier Center is educational. It provides visitors a first-hand experience and understanding why these small animals should be preserved and be allowed to live freely.
Eco-tourism is part of provincial and local offices in promoting awareness and involvement in preserving or saving species, whether animals or plants, and preventing the further degradation of natural resources. Eco-tourism activities do not only promote a place or the appreciation of natural beauty but also calls on the participation of locals and tourists in the global movement of saving mother earth. After our visit at the sanctuary, we felt that tarsiers should not be abused for entertainment purposes. Rather, we should do well to be able to co-exist with them.
From journal Nature's Treasures in Bohol