Presence of tarsier confirmed in Tacloban City's forest

A team of researchers from the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) has confirmed the presence of Philippine tarsiers in Tacloban City. Photo: UPV Tacloban College - DNSM



TACLOBAN CITY – During the night of July 29-30, 2022, a group of researchers from the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) carried out a survey and documented for the very first time the presence of tarsiers in the urban forest located in Brgy. Sta. Elena.

According to a post on Facebook made by UPV Tacloban College - Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UPV Tacloban College, the survey is being conducted as a part of an ongoing research project on Philippine tarsiers in Tacloban City. 

Additionally, UPVTC has brought attention to the city's role as an important biodiversity area.

Philippine Tarsier in Tacloban City Forest A team of researchers from the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics...

Posted by UPV Tacloban College - Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics on Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Forester Marito Barillo of Tacloban CENRO has high hopes that the city's forests, including the Camansihay forest and the Baruguan Microwatershed, will be designated protected areas in the near future.

"The presence of the Philippine tarsier in Tacloban City's forests highlights the city's role as a key biodiversity area. The presence of tarsiers and other endemic species should be considered in the city's land-use plans, particularly in terms of protecting the areas where the tarsiers live," UPVTC - Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics said on a social media post.

The islands of Mindanao, Bohol, Samar, and Leyte are the only places on earth where you can find the tarsier, also known as the smallest primate in the world. —iTacloban
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