Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! For the past 45 million years, #TARSIERS have inhabited rainforests around the world, but now they exist on only a few islands in the Philippines, Borneo, and Indonesia. Recognized as one of the smallest primates, they are so tiny that one can easily fit into the palm of your hand.
In Bohol, the Philippine #tarsier was a common sight in the southern part of the island until the 1960s. Since then, the number has dropped to around 700 on the island according to the Philippine Tarsier Foundation. Once protected by the humid rainforests and mist-shrouded hills, these primates struggle to survive as their home is cleared for crop growing.
Due to the quickly growing human population, which causes more and more forests to be converted to farmland, housing areas, and roads, the place where the Philippine tarsier can live its secluded life is disappearing. The dwindling of Philippine forests—the Philippine tarsier's natural forest habitat—has posed a grave and significant threat to the survival of the Philippine tarsier. Indiscriminate and illegal logging, cutting of trees for firewood, "kaingin" or "slash and burn" method of agriculture, and human urbanization have encroached on the habitats of the tarsier. (Via: Wikipedia)
“We are well on our way to the sixth global extinction of species in the history of the planet, and States are still failing to halt the main drivers of biodiversity loss, including habitat destruction, poaching and climate change,” said UN expert John Knox.
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