The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is an eco-tourism destination located in Corella, Bohol. It is where you can see and visit the smallest primates that are mostly found in Southeast Asia — tarsiers. 

This tourist attraction also has a visitor’s complex with an exhibition area, cafeteria, audiovisual room, research center full of tarsier-related information, library, conference rooms, and more that you can check to learn more about these small creatures.

The Philippine Tarsier Foundation established the tarsier sanctuary to protect these endangered species while also promoting eco-friendly tourism. Although organized entirely by local businessmen, the refuge is strongly supported by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism and Department of Environment & Natural Resources. 

Tickets and entry

There is an entrance fee that you have to pay before entering the tarsier sanctuary. There are also in-house guides available to assist you and your group during your visit. 

Take note that the entrance fee to this tourist attraction is inclusive in most Bohol countryside tours.

Best time to visit

The tarsier sanctuary is available to visit all-year-round. The best months to visit this attraction is from December to May because of the cooler weather. Take note that it might be crowded during December and summer season as most people flock to this tourist attraction during the holidays.

The Philippine Tarsier Wildlife and Sanctuary open daily at 8:30 AM and closes at 4:00 PM. 

Frequently asked questions

Where can I see tarsiers in the Philippines?

These small primates can be found within forests and conservation areas in Bohol, Leyte, Samar, and Mindanao.

Are tarsiers only found in the Philippines?

Aside from the Philippines, these small primates can also be found in Indonesia and Borneo’s rainforests and conservation areas.

Can you touch a tarsier during your visit?

No. It is highly recommended to observe these tiny creatures from a distance and speak softly not to disturb their peace.

Can you take photos of these small creatures during your visit?

Visitors at the sanctuary must take pictures without flash and from a discreet distance.

Are tarsiers legal to own?

It is best to visit a tarsier sanctuary like the one in Bohol and help them with their conservation efforts.

How can we save the Philippine tarsier?

The main threats to its existence are indiscriminate logging, hunting, pet trade, and new species’ introduction. This is compounded by the remarkably shy and sensitive tarsiers. They tend to commit suicide by banging their head on tree trunks after experiencing stress.

You can help save them by donating to non-profit organizations that aim to protect these small creatures or by merely visiting a tarsier conservation area.