Wild Animals/tarsiers


do you know any information on tarsiers

Dear Divine Bishop

Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.

Tarsiers are an important family (Tarsiidae) as regards Primate Classification. They were classified as 'prosimians', along with lemurs and bushbabies, but are now considered to be related to the ancestors of monkeys and apes. They are found in Southeast Asia and are notable for their small size, very large eyes (the two eyes weigh more than the brain), the sucker-like discs on their fingers and toes and the long tarsus bone in the ankle. They are named after the tarsus bone, which helps tarsiers leap great distances. Tarsiers have very mobile necks and can swivel their heads round. The very long tail often has a tuft at the end in several species. The number of species has increased over the last few years and the pygmy tarsier is one of the smallest species of primate.

Soon after I became a zoo volunteer at London Zoo in 1987, a volunteer organised a trip to Bristol Zoo. The nocturnal section there had some tarsiers and this was the most interesting species I saw at Bristol Zoo. I have never seen tarsiers since.

There is additional information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarsier, http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/583719/tarsier, http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Tarsier and http://a-z-animals.com/animals/tarsier/.  

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