Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Plight of the Slow Loris...

The reason I am doing this post is because I have recently watched a documentry called Jungle Gremlins of Java, it was a real eye opener! You should see it too.

The slow loris in Indonesia is in serious danger of extinction....
....the greatest threat to its survival is the illegal trade.

Its brown eyes and soft fur makes this small nocturnal primate highly prized as a pet and the victim of an online craze created by videos on YouTube. 

Please don't watch these videos and encourage this trade to continue.... Think about the slow loris!

Thousands of slow lorises are captured from the wild and illegally sold on the street or in animal markets (crammed in small boxes).

The lorises' teeth are clipped off by the traders to make them easy to handle, resulting in the death of many of them from blood loss or infection before they are sold!

International Rescue runs the only slow loris rescue and rehabilitation centre in Indonesia.  At the facility in Ciapus, Java they provide specialist treatment and care for slow lorises confiscated from the markets or surrendered by their owners.

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