I am a Tarsier. Although I only weigh approximately 2 – 6 ounces, I love to eat tasty insects and arthropods. I’m the size of a squirrel and not very tall, only 3-5 inches, but I can turn my head 180 degrees! Pretty cool, huh?
I live mostly in the trees and I really only like to play at night. I prefer life in lowland or low mountain forests, mangroves and scrubs. I am from an island in Indonesia and I have cousins in Malaysia and southern Philippines. I have really big eyes and ears, and long tail and hind legs. All of these things help me to have a good life in the treetops.
I can leap a very far, sometimes over 16 feet. That’s like jumping the length 2 or 3 mommies or daddies standing on top of each other. My fingers and toes have pads and long nails which help them grip both the branches. I have been practicing since the very day I was born. You know that’s how a tarsier gets around.
Is the Tarsier an endangered species?
I am one of those animals on the endangered species list which means I am considered to be at very high risk of becoming extinct in the wild. I could live up to 20 years in the wild. My home is very important to me, just like yours is to you. As the area that I live gets smaller and smaller, there are fewer and fewer places for us to live. Hunters have also endangered me and my family. For a Tarsier, life in captivity doesn’t work well; very few of us Tarsiers manage to survive behind the bars.