Philippine Tarsier Foundation

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Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc.
Company typeEnvironmental
FoundedApril 17, 1996, Philippines
HeadquartersTagbilaran City & Corella, Bohol, Philippines
Key people
Carlito Pizarras
Jesus Alvarez
Fr. Florante S. Camacho, SVD
Anos Fonacier
Richard Uy
Marlito Uy
Mina Gabor
ProductsLobbying, research, consultancy

The Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Incorporated (PTFI) is a non-profit, non-stock corporation based in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines, established in 1996 to conserve, promote research and establish a sanctuary for the Philippine tarsier.[1]

Organized by local businessmen in Bohol, an island of 1.2 million people, the foundation runs an 8.4-hectare (20.7-acre) sanctuary or forest reservation, nestled within a larger protected forest where about a thousand other Philippine tarsier are believed to live, protected by a permanent logging ban.[2]

Conservation program[edit]

Programs, projects, and activities[edit]

PTFI Tarsier Research and Development Center, Corella, Bohol

Tarsier research[edit]

The Philippine Tarsier Foundation undertakes the collection and cataloguing of all available research materials on the Philippine tarsier from various institutions and agencies in the country and abroad; and the production of information and promotional materials.


Tarsier habitat management[edit]

The Foundation has designated approximately 134 hectares as public domain.[6] To date, the Foundation has acquired 8.4 hectares of land in Canapnapan, Corella, Bohol for the sanctuary.


Carlito Pizarras serves as the Field Supervisor of the sanctuary,[8] as employee of the foundation, assuming responsibility for the maintenance of the net enclosure and its inmates.

The foundation further coordinates the conduct of reforestation projects and other related activities or initiatives.

Community management[edit]

The foundation plans to expand and replicate the program in other areas with Philippine tarsier populations like Mindanao, Leyte, and Samar.

Visitor management[edit]

The Tarsier Research and Development Center about 14 km outside the provincial capital, Tagbilaran City, in the town of Corella, Bohol, also serves as visitor center.[9]

Tarsier trail[edit]

The tarsier trail begins at the Tarsier Research and Development Center in Barangay Canapnapan, Corella, Bohol and covers a 134-hectare forested area.


Board of trustees and officers[edit]

On April 17, 1996, the Philippine Tarsier Foundation Inc. was registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission, with the following prominent Bohol residents listed as incorporators: the Rev. Florante Camacho, SVD, president of the Divine Word College of Tagbilaran; Anos Fonacier, municipal councilor of Panglao, Bohol and resort operator; and Col. (Ret.) Zosimo Angan, businessman. They were later joined by Richard Uy, banker, and Marlito Uy, department store owner. Elected principal officers were Fonacier as chairman; Camacho as president; and Alvarez, who is the only non-Boholano on the board, as executive vice-president.

The executive officers of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Philippine Tarsier Foundation during its incorporation in 1996 are Fr. Florante S. Camacho, SVD, president; Jesus Alvarez, Executive director; Urbano Lagunay, secretary; Marlito Uy, treasurer; and retired Col. Zosimo Angan as auditor. The Board of Trustees are Anos Fonacier, Chairman; Richard Uy, Vice Chairman; and Honorary Chairperson is Secretary Mina Gabor of the Department of Tourism The first Executive Director/Office Manager was Mr. Jovito Danilo C. Nazareno. During his term, the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor Center was built and together with Mr. Carlito Pizarras, tarsier trails were established, marketing and promotional activities of the area as an ecotourism destination were introduced and linkages with other environmental organizations and funding agencies were established to support captive breeding and other preservation activities conducted.

Currently, the following are the officers and Board Of Trustees: Chairman, Fr. Florante S. Camacho, SVD; V-Chairman, Mr. Richard T. Uy; President, Atty. Urbano Lagunay; V-President, Mr. Lyndon Angan (resigned - inactive); Secretary, Joannie Mary Cabillo (Program Officer); Treasurer, Mr. Marlito Uy; Members: Atty. Anos Fonacier; Dr. Irene Arboleda (our researcher/scientist); Mr. Soliman Fonacier; Mayor Jose Tocmo - Municipality of Corella; and Field Supervisor Mr. Carlito Pizarras ('the tarsier-man')

Carlito Pizarras[edit]

Carlito "Lito" Pizarras, known as the "Tarsier Man", is the Field Supervisor of the 8.4-hectare Philippine tarsier sanctuary run by the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in Barangay Canapnapan, Corella, Bohol. Hired by the foundation in 1998, he maintains the net enclosure and its 100 Philippine tarsier inmates. He also serves as a resource person and guide to visitors and researchers at the Research and Development Center.



  1. ^ Philippine Tarsier Foundation Archived 2007-07-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 11 November 2006.
  2. ^ Furry mascot of RP forest lives on borrowed time Archived 2005-10-15 at the Wayback Machine Agence France-Presse Retrieved 18 November 2006.
  3. ^ Home ranges, spatial movements and habitat associations of the Philippine tarsier in Corella, Bohol Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine www. Retrieved 11 November 2006.
  4. ^ Save the tarsier gets big boost Archived 2005-12-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 11 November 2006.
  5. ^ Brief Report Introducing an innovative semi-captive environment for the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) Retrieved 11 November 2006.
  6. ^ Furry mascot ofRPforest lives on borrowed time Archived 2005-10-15 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 16 November 2006.
  7. ^ RP tarsier: A new star of the biodiversity world Archived 2006-10-06 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 11 November 2006.
  8. ^ Tarsier Man was once a menace to animals Archived 2005-12-29 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 11 November 2006.
  9. ^ A Visit to the Philippine Tarsier Archived 2006-12-06 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 11 November 2006.
  10. ^ "StephenMBland". Archived from the original on 2016-11-26. Retrieved 2016-04-08.

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