Deep in the secondary growth forest foothill of the town of Corella, in the interior part of Bohol, is an institution dedicated to the preservation and scientific researches on the endemic tarsier of Bohol.
This is the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary of Canapnapan, Corella Bohol, a project of the foundation primarily established with the Program Goal of:
1. To protect the Philippine Tarsier and its habitat from extinction through increased environmental awareness, research programs and establishment of protected areas for wildlife in the Province of Bohol
2. To provide economic and social development opportunities to the local population through the introduction of eco-tourism-related livelihood endeavors.
The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary of Corella, Bohol is an arm of the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc. (PTFI), a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1996 to find ways to conserve as well as to promote the tarsier of Bohol. In 1997, with the signing of the MOA between DENR and PTFI the Tarsier Conservation Program was created.
From the visitor complex, trails and pathways will spread out to various parts of the sanctuary, where the tarsier can be observed in its natural habitat either with the naked eye or through binoculars. To facilitate this, a series of viewing decks will be erected at ground level or atop elevated platforms. On the walking tours that the visitors will be guided through, furthermore, there will be ample opportunity to become acquainted with a wide variety of fauna and flora, the latter bearing signage giving their scientific name, place of origin, geographical distribution, and briefly explaining their properties and traditional applications.
Parallel to and in aid of wildlife conservation, the Philippine Tarsier Foundation envisions reforestation as the other priority thrust of the sanctuary. To this end, it plans to allot a substantial portion of the property to the cultivation and propagation of hardwoods that Bohol was renowned for among shipbuilders, carpenters and furniture makers in centuries past; of bamboo which has become synonymous with Asian handicrafts and housewares; of palms and ferns that have always provided sustenance and shelter to the Filipino apart from being decorative; and of plants, herbs and flowers which are either medicinal or have commercial value.