Looking for tarsiers
The tarsier is the smallest primate in the world. You won’t see it everywhere: extant tarsiers can only be found on some Asian islands including the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The tarsier is a dozen centimeters high, excluding the tale. But he has very big feet, hence the name “tarsier”: his tarsus bones are highly developed. Thanks to his long legs, he can jump distances 10 times his size! He jumps very fast (but can’t walk) to catch his preys or to flee.
His eyes are huge compared to his size: they’re so big he can’t move them inside his eye sockets. But he can rotate his head almost 360 degrees!
“The majority of tarsier species are now endangered or threatened, and some are designated critically endangered. Threats include habitat destruction and fragmentation, hunting, agricultural pollutants and human disturbance. Tarsiers are very shy animals that prefer to stay away from human contact. Tarsiers do not live well in captivity – they have specific feeding requirements which are difficult to meet and rarely successfully breed. Wild Tarsiers which are caught and kept in captivity only show around a 50% rate of survival and in many cases they die quickly of overstress by committing suicide.” (source: Endangered Species International)
Wildlife is what it is, so we cannot guarantee you will see them. We were lucky to see them almost daily at Lia Beach in 2016, and now it’s more rare, although some of our guests saw them in November 2018! We can hear them almost every night so they’re definitely still around and close: try your luck and locate them in the nearby jungle.