Flora and Fauna in Bohol

The Philippines is renowned for its unique and assorted flora and fauna, and nowhere is this fact more apparent than in Bohol, where some of the most exotic plants and animals in the world can be found.

Of the numerous creatures that can be found in Bohol, the most famous is without doubt the Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), the smallest monkey in the world. Inhabiting the trees, they scourge the jungles for lizards and other small animals.

The Colugo (Cynocephalus volans) is another night creature Its moniker, the Flying Lemur, is a misnomer, because it has no relations with the lemur nor can it fly. The belief that it can do so is due to the way that it glides from the tree tops. The Colugo eats flowers and seeds, and can be seen from around dusk until dawn.

Other fine examples of Bohol fauna are the Golden Crown Flying Fox (Acerodon jubatus), the biggest fruit bat on the planet, and the Nectar Bat (Eonycteris robusta) both of which are native to the Philippines; the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), the maya, the uwak or Philippine crow, the wild boar. the woodpecker and the parakeets.

The marine life in Bohol is just as varied. Popular among tourists and travelers are the whale shark, the manatee (dugong dugon) and the sea turtle (pawikan) there are also plenty of manta ray, starfish, and a vast assortment of crabs, lobsters, shrimps and prawns.

Bohol flora can be divided into a number of categories, such as fruit trees, herbs, hardwood and grass. Some of the species are endemic to Bohol, and others are spread throughout the archipelago.

Some plant flora that can be found only in Bohol are the Hoyas, the kawayan (large bamboos) and the lukdo (a type of fern). Other fruit trees in the province are the avocado, cacao, duhat (Java plum), kapeng barako and the langka (jackfruit).

Bohol is also home to some of the most beautiful and exotic flowers in the Philippines and the world. They include the Bird of Paradise, bougainvillea, daisy, manzanilla, bougainvillea, the Dandelion, Ginseng and a wide array of orchids and roses.

Other types of Bohol flowers/plants are the kalachuchi, Marigold, paminta, sun flower and violets. Some of the root crops are the ube (yam), sweet potato, singkamas, and Cassava. Seaweeds include the guaman, kelp, Porphyra and the Sargassum.

These are only a few of the myriad types of plants and animals that one will find. The more time you spend in Bohol, the more captivating types of flora and fauna that will catch your eye.