Photographer's Note

The Philippine Tarsier Monkeys are probably the smallest primates in the world. The Latin name is 'Tarsius Syrichta' and are closely related to the Tree Shrew. Tarsierís diet consists of insects in the main area where they eat and live. Tarsierís height is between 90 to 160 mm (3.5 to 6.25 inches). The weight is between 70 to 165 grams (3-6 ozs). Tarsiers have big eyes giving them very acute night vision, making them good night hunters. Itís big ears can move in the direction of any noise and itís heads can swivel through 180 degrees which all help Tarsiers in hunting. Tarsiers are still found in parts of the Philippines and parts of Indonesia. However Tarsiers used to be all over the South East Asian Islands. It has been estimated that there are between 5,000 and 10,000 of Tarsiers left in the world. However that number is known to be falling. Efforts have been made to breed Tarsiers in captivity. Although it is a very loveable animals it does not live long in captivity. If Tarsierís become unhappy, it is said that it commit suicide by banging itís heads on something hard like cage sides. This is for the student who wishes to know some more about Tarsiers:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Tarsiidae
Common Name: Philippine Tarsier

Tarsiers are known as vertical clinger and leaper in that it cling on to the trees and branches with itís tail and the suction cups on itís fingers and leap from branch to branch. It has elongated tarsus bones and a fused fibula and tibia which all helps it to leap from one branch to the other and doing this it can travel distances without touching the ground.

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