Today in Philippine History, July 3, 1997 Britain's Prince Charles arrived in the country aboard the royal yacht Britannica

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Prince Charles

On July 3,1997 Britain's Prince Charles arrived in the country aboard the royal yacht Britannica, following the turn over of Hong Kong from British rule to China.

In a ceremony held in Malacanang, Prince Charles, flanked by President Fidel Ramos and his wife, received two tarsiers from a covered basket and briefly held one of them in the palm of his hand before returning the animal to its caretaker.

Prince Charles did not take the tarsiers home. Instead he turned them over to local group, the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, run by Jesus Alvarez, a former Philippine wildlife official, for care.

Today in Philippine History,  July 3, 1997 Britain

Tarsiers are tiny nocturnal primates with huge eyes. They leap around the trees at night catching insects.

The ceremony was intended to show Prince Charles' continuing concern for wildlife conservation as well as the planned signing of an order by Mr. Ramos, declaring the Philippine tarsier a protected specie.

Reference:
Philippines News Agency


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