Lobregat, Valesco release 2 tarsiers back into the wild PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 16:51

Mayor Celso Lobregat and Councilor Gerky Valesco and officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resource released a tarsier at the vicinity of the watershed area in upper Pasonanca Wednesday.

The tarsiers, locally known as “chonggo mago” and dubbed as the smallest primates were taken cared by a resident of La Paz who found them Saturday and nursed them as one of the tarsiers was injured.

Last Tuesday, the temporary yet benevolent keeper of the tarsiers; Pilar Rubio informed Councilor Valesco about the tarsiers.  Valesco immediately arranged a meeting with personnel from DENR the very Wednesday afternoon to assess the condition of the tarsiers before suggesting for its release back into the wild.

Mayor Lobregat said tarsiers do exist in Zamboanga, especially in the forested areas off Pasonanca particularly near the watershed as he also appealed people to refrain from hunting tarsiers as these are among the endangered species.

Some residents of La Paz said the reason why tarsiers and other animals were spotted in the lower portion of said barangay is due to the ongoing and rampant cutting of trees by farmers who sell them as fuel.

Among the DENR personnel who immediately heeded the call of Valesco for them to check the tarsiers were; Agaton Baysa Jr., Luiz Lozano and Michael dela Cruz. After checking the tarsiers, Councilor Valesco informed Mayor Lobregat about the tarsiers and had the mayor release the cute creature into the wild.

“The forest is the natural habitat of the tarsiers that’s why it should be released in said area for them to live and to thrive,” Lobregat explained.

For his part, Valesco said its not only in Bohol or Palawan that tarsiers live, they also live in the forest of Zamboanga.