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Philippine Tarsier – world’s cutest primate?

For a moment I thought I met real Gremlins!  Introducing the extremely rare Philippine Tarsier, one of the smallest primates on earth.

In this post, I’ll share facts about these curious creatures. Some call them the cutest “monkey” on earth.

What do you think?

Fun facts about tarsiers:

Philippine Tarsiers have enormous sized eyes, which are as large as their brains.

Philippine Tarsier in Bohol, Philippines


Also, tarsiers are very shy nocturnal animals. Despite that, I managed to get a few photos for you. Look at those eyes!

Philippine Tarsier wrapped up in a bed of leaves, in Bohol, Philippines
Tarsier wrapped up in a bed of leaves
Philippine Tarsier have little tiny hands and feet | Photo taken in Bohol, Philippines
Philippine Tarsier have little tiny hands and feet

Tarsier diet

The their diet is nearly exclusively insects. Tarsiers catch insects by jumping at them. On occasion these little guys also eat birds, snakes, bats, and lizards.

They Jump!

Also, they’re quick jumpers. Tarsiers look asleep at one moment, and then jump to another branch the next.

Philippine Tarsier are really small | Bohol, Philippines
Tarsiers are really tiny

So small!

As you can see, they’re is really tiny. This tarsier fit in my hands!  They typically measure just 4-6 inches.

Sleeping tarsiers - they're nocturnal primates | Bohol, Philippines | Photo by Todd Cohen |
The Philippine Tarsier is a nocturnal primate. Very sleepy!
Tarsiers have little tiny fingers and toes | Bohol, Philippines | Photo by Todd Cohen |
Tarsiers have little tiny fingers and toes to hug the tree branch

Rotation – Tarsier eyes are too big to move in their sockets. Instead they rotate their head 180 degrees. This makes them similar to an owl.

Philippine Tarsier in Bohol, Philippines | Photo by Todd Cohen |

Tarsiers are Endangered

The Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta or Carlito syrichta) is an endangered species endemic to the Philippines.  The tarsier species is believed to be 45 million years old.

My Tarsier friend in Bohol, Philippines
Tarsiers are so little!

Where to find Philippine Tarsiers

Tarsiers are indigenous to Southeast Asia; Bohol is one of just a few islands where the Philippine Tarsier can be found.

They say your visit to Bohol is not complete without seeing the famous Philippine Tarsier, and I’d have to agree. They’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen (besides Gizmo from the Gremlins!).

More info on Wikipedia ,, and here.


Jumping over the Chocolate Hills

The Philippines Chocolate Hills in Bohol are a great spot for my trademark jumping pics!  While I didn’t find this tourist spot to be as impressive as others did, I still enjoyed the backdrop! In these photos, I’m leaping right over the Chocolate Hills.

Philippines Chocolate Hills

Jumping over Bohol's Chocolate Hills in the Philippines -3
We have lift-off
Jumping over Bohol's Chocolate Hills in the Philippines -5
I’m flying! – airborne over the Chocolate Hills

Wondering why they call them “Chocolate Hills” if they’re green?  In the dry season they look like perfectly formed little Hershey Kisses. Explained here, with more photos.

Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol, Philippines

More info from the Philippines Chocolate Hills here

Want more jumping photos?

Want to see more awesome jumping pics? There’s two places to go:

  1. I’ve put together all of my Jumping Photo posts at this link on Visit50. On here I include tags from my travels, both me and others.
  2. If you’re on IG, @JumpingATW on Instagram for the best jumping photos from around the world. These are both of me and of others around the globe.  If you’d like to be featured, tag your Instagram posts with #jumpingatw on IG.  I include both photos of me jumping as well as feature posts that use my hashtag.