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in my native Basilan Island, this cutie locally is called chonggo magu. i remember when i was little i joined my brothers and cousins for some hunting sprees of chonggo magu in the bushes at noon. being nocturnal, noon was the best time to catch them, i remember my cousin, Efren telling us. he was then the "lead hunter"..:-). this time, i feel bad as these chonggo magu are near extinction. but thankful as well to the DENR for its efforts to currently protect and conserve them.

the philippine tarsier is known among other locals as mawmag, mamag, mago, magau, maomag, malmag and magatiloklok. once have been endemic to southeastern part of the philippine archipelago, particularly in the provinces of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and most of Mindanao. its geographic range also includes Maripipi, Siargao, Basilan and Dinagat Islands.

believed to be 45 million years old and perhaps one of the oldest land species to continously live in the Philippines, it was only introduced to western biologists in the 18th century.

it is a very peculiar small animal, the smallest known primates, no larger than an adult man's fist. it lives on a diet of insects such as cockroaches and crickets. in captivity will eat live shrimps and fish in a bowl of water.

in 1986, the philippine tarsier was assessed as "endangered" by the IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre. on September 13, 1991, the Department of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) listed the philippine tarsier as an endangered species and several legislations have been passed to protect and conserve them.

for anyone interested to see one, contact-
the Philippine Tarsier Foundation
Km. 14 Canapnapan, Corella, Bohol 6300
email: [email protected]
website: http://www.philippinetarsier.org

info source : wikipedia

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