Three Philippine Tarsiers Were Just Rescued in Agusan Marsh

Severe penalties await anyone caught harming or harboring a tarsier.

Three Philippine tarsiers (Carlito syrichta carbonarius) were rescued by personnel of the Protected Area Management Office of the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary (PAMO-AMWS) in Barangay Katipunan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur on September 10, 2021.

Based on a statement by PAMO-AMWS released on September 11, "We responded to a report about the discovery of three tarsiers near the settlement area in Barangay Katipunan."

Photo by PAMO-AMWS.

The tarsiers were found by Bantay Danao volunteers, rescued, and immediately brought to the barangay captain in the area.

PAMO-AMWS conducted assessments on the tarsiers and found no wounds or unusual conditions that they should be concerned about.

They were immediately released in an area far from where the residents of Barangay Katipunan live.

PAMO-AMWS commended the Bantay Danao volunteers and the barangay officials of the Katipunan for their quick and careful rescue of the tarsiers.

Photo by PAMO-AMWS.

The tarsier, known as one of the “world’s smallest primates,” lives in the forests of the Agusan Marsh, according to PAMO-AMWS.

They also urged residents in settlement areas around Agusan Marsh to immediately notify their local authorities or the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office so that they can be rescued immediately. 

Dagdag pa ng PAMO-AMWS, “This enigmatic species is considered threatened under the International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] that can be attributed to various threats, primarily due to habitat destruction.”

They also warned the public that tarsiers and other wildlife in our country are prohibited from being killed, captured, harmed, sold, and eaten in accordance with Republic Act 9147, or the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001."

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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