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Tarsiers under threat in Philippines

One of world's smallest primates could face extinction due to increased development spurred by tourism in Bohol island.

    The tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world, weighs only about 100 grams and can fit into the palm of a person's hand.

    Environmentalists worry that the species, which is only found in southeast Asian islands including in the Philippines, could soon face extinction because of increased development and a recent boom in tourism in the region.

    It is estimated there are only a few hundred tarsiers left in the wild.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from the Philippine island province of Bohol.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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