Linan, Tupi
Project
Tarsier UK
Linan is a small village (Barangay) near the town of Tupi in the South Cotabato region of the Philippines. It is on the large island in the south of the Philippines chain known as Mindanao and under the volcano of Mount Matutum.

Here there is a new project involving the Tarsier. Although there has been rumour of Tarsiers present on the island of Mindanao, there has never been much evidence. However a small indigenous peoples in Linan regularly trapped them for food and to sell to others. The local Tupi town government heard about this and found a trapped Tarsier in a cage, confirming their presence on the mountain side.

Endangers Species International became involved, working with the Tupi Officials and the indigenous peoples in 2011. This page shows some of the work that they are doing:


Where exactly is Linan and Tupi?

What is the project?

Pictures from John's visit to Linan at the end of 2011

Some new photo's from 2012 with an update on the project

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The government of South Cotabato and the Town Municipality of Tupi have supported a research and conservation project being carried out by Endangered Species International (ESI). The project is to look at the environment of the Tarsiers in the vicinity of Linan and to protect the existing habitat and populations of the Tarsier. to extend the habitat and to provide a sustainable living for the local peoples away from the hunting Tarsiers and the deforestation of their habitat to create farming space. To do this the organisation is working with the local B'laan indigenous people helping them understand the need to retain Tarsiers in the area and training them to assist the project.

At the moment the project is helping to release any Tarsiers that are found in captivity in the area, planting new trees to re-forest much of the area illegally cleared of trees and establishing the area on the mount Matutum – an extinct classic cone shaped volcano – where the Tarsiers live.

It is hoped that in the future ESI will support the establishment of a visitor centre and a farm run by the local indigenous people (the B'laan) to support their hamlet of families.

The area that the tarsier Porject is being undertakenA village of Bl'aan people near LinanThe Bl'aan people hamlet built on the mountainsideIllegally planted Banana TreesIllegal logging can be seen long way into the distance taking away the Tarsiers habitatPoster in the Bl'aan village used as part of an education progreammeThe importance of Coconut trees to the Bl'aan people is evidenced by the mounds of coconut shellsLocal Tracker coming up to a compound for rehabilitation of TarsiersCage in which a Tarsier was found. It has now been rehabitated and released back into the wildThe Tarsier rehabilitation compound with two Bl'aan peopleThe Tarsier that was found in the cage undergoing re-orientationJohn showing Pierre a letter from some British school children with a donation to help the project
If you would like to know more about this project or wish to donate to Endangered Species International click on one of the links below:

Endangered Species International

Tarsier Sanctuary in Linan

Mount Matutum
Linan Tarsiers in the News

Press Release

The Inquirer

Sun Star - 25/2/2012

Philippine Information Agency

Tarsiers, traditions and tourism all in one trip to Tupi

New Born Tarsiers found on Mount Matutum











Endangered Species International has been busy planting trees and working with the indigenous people. They have also found and released more Tarsiers putting these through a rehabilitation process.

In the first three months on 2012, they have:


Pierre says "Tarsiers live in secondary and primary forests, so if there is no forest, they are gone. Our project is located in an area that used to be covered by giant trees and we are planting trees in open areas (like grasslands) and where some canopy already exists. The goal is to increase natural forest coverage to avoid erosion and landslides and to bring back biodiversity,”

Trees being planted include nabol, (Elaeocarpus gigantifolius), Philippine teak (Tectona philippinensis), white lauan (Shorea contorta), molave (Vitex parviflora) and narra (Pterocarpus indicus).

         Interprative SignsESI Field House in the B'laan   Tarsier being rehabilited
Village