Few months ago we informed you that our mating attempt was successful, as Julius and Nina copulated twice. Initially, our female did not show any increase in weight, which resulted in a little disappointment. Situation has changed dramatically in March, when we noticed that she had gained few grams, which is already above her average oscillations. Excitement has arisen and during next weighing it was more and more grams. Additionally, our field manager, Filip, has noticed changes in the shape of her belly as well as palpation indicated that she can bear an offspring! This would be a n indisputable accomplishment of efforts of Tarsius Project team. Nina stays under constant observation. Additionally, to minimize risk of failure experienced by previous attempts of breeding the Philippine tarsier, we furnished her enclosure with soft bedding and removed all of the sharp objects.
Based on the available literature on tarsiers, we expect “our first child” in the second half of April. Would it be successful? Time will show, but for now please keep your fingers crossed for the best! Follow our news feed to get informed on this crucial stage of our Project!
Text: Filip Wojciechowski.