Animals in the tropical
Do you want to
meet animals in the tropical rainforest?
best possibilities to explore tropical rainforest in the Philippines are on the islands Bohol, Mindanao and
Palawan. These are the islands where still a big part of the original
jungle is conserved. Several organizations organize day-trips into the
jungle. However, to meet the animals of your choice is not so easy.
Species are often rare and animals are
most of the time hiding when they hear strange noise. Moreover, the animal density
per acre or even by hectare is not high.
animals you'll meet on your discovery
in the jungle?
chance that you will hear and see birds, monkeys and insects. Maybe snakes
too! With a good guide you'll be probably
lucky, not only to hear the animal sounds, but also to see the
animals are very rare. The most known of these rare animals
in the Philippines are
Eagle and the Tarsier.
smallest monkey in the world, the Tarsier, lives in the Philippines. The
height is between 90 to 160 mm (3.5 to 6.25 inches), the weight between 70 to 165 grams.
The Tarsier is an insect-eating animal, but small
lizards are too a wanted meal. With their big eyes they have a very acute
night vision which makes them good night hunters. Their big ears can move
in the direction of any noise. With their heads they are capable to make
a fast switch of 180
degrees, which make their hunting qualities high.
It's sad that, because of a relatively fast deforestation of the tropical
rainforests on the Philippine islands, the number of tarsiers has showed a
dramatic reduction. On
Bohol a foundation tries to protect the Tarsier species, a difficult task
in a country where still economic interests
cause illegal logging.