Nearly Extinct Loris Needs New Trees to Survive

The Horton Plains slender loris was believed to possibly be extinct. It was only rediscovered in 2009, and just about 80 remain in the wild. It has lost the majority of its habitat–Montane Evergreen forests–so a reforestation project has been started to help plant new trees. In the highlands of Sri Lanka new trees will be planted between the remaining patches of forest the lorises lives in. Hopefully the new trees will grow and fill in some of the empty fragmented areas so there will be new habitat for the nearly extinct creatures. The project seeks to raise about $8,000 to plant ten acres of new trees in the loris mountain habitat. So far they have raised just about $100. If you want to donate, visit their loris page.

Regrowing parts of the forest habitat will also help a species of leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), the ‘shaggy bear monkey’ (Trachypithecus vetulus monticola), the endemic Nillu rat (Rattus montanus), and the Sri Lanka spiny mouse.

A loris is only about eight inches long and weighs about eleven ounces. Their forests have been cut down for firewood and agriculture, such as tea farming. Conservation biologist Craig Turner said, “There’s no means for these lorises to move between the [remaining] forest patches. In terms of breeding and finding mates, it is very difficult for them. The real focus now has to be on the remaining forest areas and looking at how we can enhance and protect them, and also reconnect them to one another. ” (Source: National Geographic)

Image Credit: C Mahanayakage

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Jake, for Sharing this!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks for this information. It's not nice to be harmful to Mother Nature. I hope things turn around for this precious animal.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Isaac Bashevis Singer Nobel Peace Prize Winner wrote in his book, 'Enemies a love story', "As often has Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought. In their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazi’s. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplify the most extreme racist theories the principle that might is right. Lest we forget!

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Another priceless treasure fading...

Aimee A.
Aimee A.3 years ago

Thanks for posting!

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

Plant plant will not only replace much needed trees...but make jobs too :)

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

More trees.

Renae Thompson
Past Member 3 years ago

So sad!

Vicki P.
Victoria P.3 years ago

Everyday I learn something new...thank-you!