TAGUM CITY in Davao del Norte – Another tarsier was found in one of the forested areas in Tagum last May 22, 2017 – the fourth among the sighted and rescued tarsiers in the city.
Located at Barangay New Balamban, in a forest adjacent to the Bird Park of this city, the male tarsier was discovered sitting on the ground by a local resident named Richard Pag-ong while tending the jungle-like area.
He turned the tarsier over to the staff of the Bird Park, who immediately reported the sighting to the City Environment and Natural Resources Office and surrendered the little creature to the latter for further action.
Mayor Allan L. Rellon decided to bring back the tarsier to its natural habitat by releasing it to the Bird Park, which was near to where it was seen, to ensure its survival by living in a perfect haven for such creatures.
Committee Chair on Environment, Hon. Rey Cyril T. Alba, did the honor of releasing the tarsier back to its natural wildlife habitat. The tarsier was released on the same day of its capture.
The tarsier was the first to be released at the Bird Park, while the previous three tarsiers were released at the Botanical Park of Tagum City last year.
With the recent sightings of tarsiers in the city, it is highly possible that Tagum is now a new home for these Philippine endemic primates. Drex Rafols/CIO Tagum