Tarsier stop operators agree to stop feeding

TARSIER establishment operators have committed to stop feeding and promised more actions to protect and conserve the tarsiers during the recent technical conference with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources authorities here recently.

According to PENRO Nestor Canda, he would endorse the agreements they have forged with the tarsier establishment operators in Loboc to the provincial legislators as inputs to guide them in their future action.

Canda claimed the DENR has asked for the conference as a way of probing on the recent complaint of tarsier abuse filed by a tourist to the SP Tourism Committee and consequently at the Provincial Tourism Council.

The complainant, who took a video footage of how a group of Asian tourists poked midribs at the tarsiers was allegedly threatened by a Cebu-based tour guide whom she named as Jacinto Tan.

Over the generated alarm, Boholano groups vowed separate probes on the incident as Bohol top environment officer said he reviewed the stipulations of the wildlife permits issued to operators during the conference.

Claiming that the incident was unfortunate, he reported that the operators have committed to pro-conservation actions to keep their tarsiers on display.

Aside form strict observance of no feeding policy, operators also vowed to strictly police so that the rare animals are not touched or that taking pictures would use no flash bulbs.

An agreed carrying capacity of the establishment would be implemented it would now limit the number of tourists in one tarsier interaction, he said.

And to get that much needed vigilance, operators are now vowing to monitor each other’s wildlife farms and report incidents of abuse.

Over this, he said it may not be long before tarsier operators can organize themselves to better safeguard the wild animals they keep, Canda reports.

The long term vision is to get them to adopt a common sanctuary for tarsier viewing so they could unify and implement the agreements to guests, operators agreed. (PIA)

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