Arguably one of the most exceptional looking animals in Cikananga, the Western Tarsiers (also known as Horsfield’s Tarsier) are not exceptional in the illegal trade. As they are very delicate not many survive the stress of being poached, handled by humans and all the stress that come with it. Foo-foo was part of a large confiscation in early 2015 from an illegal trader with many other animals that were heading for destinations in Europa, Russia and the Middle-East. Today she is doing fine and she is healthy.
These Tarsiers live on Sumatra and Kalimantan, are active in the night and are vertical clingers. To give them the space Tarsiers deserve we were helped by a sponsor to realize a rather large enclosure, with the inside covered with net to protect their delicate bodies. Moving them back to the place of origin would be our goal, but their delicate physics make such a trip challenging. At least now they are save, in a good enclosure and under the supervision of professional medical staff.–
In the July and August of this year we share a series of photo’s we call #AnimalsofCikananga. With this series we hope to give some insights and backgrounds on the rescued animals that are here in Cikananga and are so typical for the many challenges wild animals face in Indonesia.Of course, we also hope to raise some extra attention to the work we do for the animals, the -very often- tragic situations and hope to find some help, financially or otherwise. Please like, share, tag and tell your friends, and help us save the wildlife:
Photo by: Roel Jansen