Zambo PENRO eyes research on tarsier population PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 September 2011 17:03

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) is eyeing to conduct a research to determine the population of tarsier locally known as “Chonggo Magu” in the forest of this southern port.

The plan was revealed by PENRO chief Louis Lozano after another two tarsiers were recovered last week in Barangay La Paz, 18 kilometers west of this city.

Lozano said at least 10 tarsiers were already found in the different parts of this city and were freed at the Pasonanca Natural Park.
The Pasonanca Natural Park which has an area of 17,414 hectares serves as the buffer zone of this city’s watershed.

Lozano believed there is a high population of tarsiers in this city’s forest.
He noted that the tarsiers that were recovered in this city are bigger in size compared to those found in Bohol.

The two tarsiers were found in La Paz by a man cleaning a lot owned by Pilar Rubio, a teacher.

The tarsiers were taken to Rubio, who in turned reported the find to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)-west.

The CENRO officials freed the tarsiers last Wednesday at the Pasonanca Natural Park.

The tarsier, a nocturnal creature, is a small monkey-like mammal. It plays a vital role in balancing the ecosystem as it helps regulate insect population which is a major part of its diet.

Tarsiers are not recommended to be kept as pets or displayed in zoos as they rarely live long in captivity due to the trauma it suffers during capture.