Two Philippine Tarsiers (Tarsius syrichta) were retrieved by personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Liloy in Barangay Delucot, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte early today, March 2, 2022.
The CENRO Liloy team responded to a social media report regarding the capture of two tarsiers in the area which resulted to the retrieval of the mammals.
Upon assessment, the pair were found to be in good and healthy condition and were released back to its natural habitat.
The Philippine Tarsier locally known as “Basing” is classified by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Near Threatened due to a significant decrease of its population.
They are protected under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Act, which prohibits anybody from hunting, hurting, killing, maiming or keeping them as pets.
These nocturnal mammals are very sensitive and are known to die or commit suicide when held in captivity.
DENR IX urges the public to immediately report any wildlife concerns to the agency for the proper handling, rescue, and retrieval operations. You may call/text our hotline at 0948-147-1250 or send a message to our Facebook page at DENR Zamboanga Peninsula.