Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Western Tarsier

Western Tarsiers or tarsius bancanus are known as ‘kera hantu’ among the locals here. These nocturnal creatures have furless face except for tufts at the tips of their ears and large ‘O’ saucer like eyes and long hind legs. Their diet includes small animals, insects and they have acute hearing to help them hunt their prey. Their eyes do not reflect torchlight like the slow loris. Western Tarsiers are mainly found in a few South East Asian countries including Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia. Naturally shy and petite in size, you may spot one in Sukau, Kinabatangan (if you have the luck).

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