CNN PRODUCER NOTE KarlGrobl captured these images in Bohol, Philippines where he was leading a photography tour. The Tarsier monkey, which is an extremely small primate, is native to this area, and he says it is also one of the major highlights of the island as well. He says he was in an area of Bohol called Chocolate Hills. 'They call it that because the hills look like Hersey’s kisses against the landscape, during the dry season people think they look like chocolate because the grass is dead and you can see the Earth,' he says.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
On the island of Bohol visit theTarsier Research and Development Center to photograph the Tarsier, a strange, tiny monkey with large eyes which is only about 3 to 6 inches in height, making it one of the smallest primates. The Tarsier’s eyes are fixed in its skull; they cannot turn in their sockets. Instead, a special adaptation in the neck allows its round head to be rotated 180 degrees. As you can see, the eyes are disproportionately large, having the largest eye-to-body size ratio of all mammals. These huge eyes provide this nocturnal animal with excellent night vision. The tarsier is said to be the inspiration for Steven Speilberg’s famous E.T. creature. You’ll realize that when you see the tarsier’s fingers! After photographing Tarsiers, take a boat ride through the local jungle, and on the way back to the hotel make a short stop to photograph the Chocolate Hills. The Chocolate Hills is a rolling terrain of haycock hills – mounds of general shape which are conical and almost symmetrical. The mounds are made of grass-covered limestone. The domes vary in sizes from 98 to 160 ft high with the largest being 390 ft in height. During the dry season, the grass-covered hills dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the area into seemingly endless rows of “chocolate kisses”.