A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Cruising the Nile, Egypt
14th December 2011
Travellers visiting the Philippines could pose a serious threat to the survival of the endangered nocturnal tarsier – one of the world's smallest primates
The wide-eyed charm of the tarsier is a big attraction for tourists in the Philippines, but the fame of this unique species might just be one of the biggest threats to its survival, warn conservationists. Most live in the forest surrounding the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary on the island of Bohol, which has become one of the country's most popular wildlife destinations.
Travellers come from far and wide to see this tiny creature, often trying to get as close as possible to take photographs, or pet them. But as nocturnal animals, tarsiers are extremely sensitive to daylight, noise and human contact.
Camera flashes and visitor's chatter can create a highly stressful environment for the shy species, and can reportedly sometimes be enough to drive the small animal to kill itself. When under stress tarsiers repeatedly hit their head against the hard surface of a tree, and because of the thinness of their cranium, their skulls crack easily resulting in death.
The species was declared 'specially protected' by the Philippine government in 1997, but despite this, the number of those living in the wild has dwindled to a few hundred in recent years. Conservationists say that more needs to be done through education, stricter enforcement, and monitoring of tourist activities.
Find out what you can do to help endangered species | Volunteer & Conservation... More
Turtles and sharks among most endangered marine species | News... More
Safari park stops pinpointing rhinos for tourists | News... More
Four-lane highway to threaten tiger population | News... More
Keep up with current travel and wildlife news | News... More
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login or get more from Wanderlust - register today!
Now that IS an animal with eyelashes, isn't it?Don't let Pluck see this article, it'll add grist to his mill ;-)
Philippines travel guide, including map of the Philippines, top Philippines travel experiences, tips for travel in the Philippines, plus where to see rice terra
Wildlife and safaris travel guide, including wildlife and safaris travel advice, where to go on safari in the world
Filmmaker and TV presenter Gordon Buchanan has been walking with elephants for his new series and exploring snow animals for another. We caught up with him to find out about getting close to elephants, the coldest place he’s ever been and why Rudolph the Reindeer needs a new song
Think Goa is just about the beaches? Think again. Shake the sand from your flip-flops and head inland to discover why Goa, a former Portuguese colony, is a world apart from the rest of India, with crumbly colonial towns, verdant forests and a distinctly hippy vibe
The urban rhythms of Argentina’s capital enthral many – but scratch beneath its concrete façade to discover wild reserves, untamed delta and a magical taste of pampas life
From turtle projects to elephant sanctuaries, we celebrate the great work being done in sustainable and green travel in Thailand. Here are the winners of 2016's Winners of Thailand's Green Excellence Awards UK
England's new mountain, a unique solar eclipse, Kenya's new elephant sanctuary and more... in our October round-up of Adventure Travel News. Plus, the latest new airline routes.
Wanderlust is keen to hear from travel bloggers currently on (or about to start) extraordinary, original adventures. Get in touch...
Simply select the destination you’re interested in or the activities you’re looking
for and we’ll send your request to a select panel of tour operators.
Each operator will respond to your request individually. Your details remain private
and are not disclosed to any partners unless you decide to proceed with a booking.
Incredible foodie holiday in Thailand with Tell Tale Travel for £2,045 per person!
23 Days in Bangladesh from £1,980 per person or less
Exclusive Offer for Wanderlust Readers - Save up to 10%
Wanderlust sends out regular email newsletters – be the first to know about web
exclusives, competitions, hot offers and travel jobs. Register today!
I have read and agree to the Terms &
Where in the world are you? Add
#wanderlustmag to your tweets and share your latest travel adventures with
fellow Wanderlusters on wanderlust.co.uk
Get to know Wanderlust on facebook and bring all your travel-minded friends, too