tarsier.org (Tarsier Dot Org): This organization (and this website) is all about tarsiers, tarsier science, tarsier conservation, and how tarsiers can be used to promote conservation in Southeast Asia.  Tarsiers occur in three conservation “hotpsots”: Wallacea, the Philippines, and Sundaland.  Each of these are also key “ecoregions”; “Hotspots” and “ecoregions” are methods of assigning conservation priorities.  The specific regions where tarsiers occur, and can thus assist habitat conservation, include, Northwestern Wallacea (Sulawesi, Selayar, Buton, Kabaena, Peleng, the Banggai Islands, the Togian Islands, the Sangihe Islands, including Siau Island), the Philippines (the southern islands that comprised the Ice Age landmass Greater Mindanao: Mindanao, Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Basilan, Dinagat, and many others), and parts of Sundaland (including Borneo/Kalimantan, Bangka, Belitung, the Karimata Islands, and the South Natuna Islands, including Serasan).  Each of these areas include important tropical habitats, such as rainforest, mangrove, montane forest, and tarsiers are found in all of these.

Tarsiers, given their enormous charisma, as evidenced by their similarity to the Star Wars character Yoda, and the gremlins from the movie of that name, can serve as flagship species to raise awareness, and as umbrella species to protect habitat, which inturn will protect biodiversity in these important high priority regions for conservation.

Numerous allopatric cryptic tarsier sibling species exist in this region, including Tarsius tarsier spectrum syrichta bancanus fraterculus carbonarius borneanus saltator natunensis sangirensis dentatus pumilus pelengensis dianae lariang tumpara tangkasi fuscus.

Tarsier.org is a science-based conservation organization led by Dr. Myron Shekelle, who received a Ph.D. and M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and a bachelors degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  He received a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.  Dr. Shekelle has particular expertise in Sulawesi rainforest conservation, focused on the biodiversity hotspot Wallacea and Sulawesi ecoregion.  One key program of tarsier.org focuses on the critically endangered tarsier from Siau Island, Tarsius tumpara. We also have a strong network in Minahasa and Sangihe Island.  A new initiative includes anticipating the effects of global warming.

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promoting conservation of biodiversity through the scientific study of tarsiers

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