Horsfield’s Tarsier (Tarsius bancanus)
I know we just met the greater slow loris the other day, but here is another fuzzy fellow with huge, unmoving eyes and a neck that swivels 180 degrees. Horsfield’s tarsier lives in Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where he climbs in the trees and forages on the ground, looking for insects like cicadas, moths, stick bugs, and cockroaches, as well as bats, snakes, and birds to eat. Over the past 20 years, the Horsfield’s tarsier has lost at least 30 percent of its habitat, according to the IUCN, and it’s also a victim of the illegal pet trade.
The name tarsier comes from the tarsus bone, which is in the foot. Tarsiers have elongated ones, which helps them climb.