A Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), locally known as mago was rescued by a team from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Sta. Rita, Samar.
According to Joseph Cabigayan, Environmental Management Specialist of CENRO Sta.Rita, the tarsier was caught by two residents while they were cutting grasses on a farm in Basey, Samar.
The rescued tarsier was released in a forested area within the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP).
Based on DENR Administrative Order 2019-09 or the updated national list of threatened Philippine fauna and their categories, the Philippine Tarsier is categorized as Other Threatened Species. This means that the species is under threat from adverse factors such as over-collection and is likely to be moved to the vulnerable category in the near future.
Under R.A. 9147 or the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act," it is unlawful for any person to willfully and knowingly exploit wildlife resources. This includes killing and destroying wildlife species, injuring and maltreating, collecting, hunting, or possessing wildlife, and trading them, among other prohibited acts. Depending on the category of wildlife, those who will be found guilty will face imprisonment of five (5) days to as long as twelve (12) years and a fine of Php200.00 to as high as Php1,000,000.00.