15 Critically Endangered Slow Lorises Returned Home to the Jungle

Rescuers are celebrating the successful release of 15 critically endangered slow lorises who have been returned to their jungle home in West Java.

Sadly, these slow lorises were all victims of the illegal pet trade who were confiscated by law enforcement officials in 2016. Thankfully they were taken to International Animal Rescue’s (IAR) primate rescue center in Indonesia, where they got the care they needed.

“The condition of slow lorises that have been victims of the illegal pet trade is generally very poor,” said Wendi Prameswari, Animal Care Manager at IAR’s center. “They are stressed and malnourished after being stowed away in dirty, confined spaces and transported over long distances in airless containers with no access to food or water.”

Over the past few years, the group, which included five males and ten females, has undergone a lengthy rehabilitation process preparing them to return to the wild.

“The lorises have all completed a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation process. They have progressed through quarantine, a series of health checks, regular behavioural monitoring and a programme of feed enrichment until they were all finally pronounced healthy and ready to be moved to the habituation enclosure,” Prameswari added.

Now, their rescuers are celebrating their return to their home in the jungle in Mount Sawal Protected Forest in West Java.

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According to IAR, they will spend two to four weeks in a special enclosure there where they’ll have time to adjust before finally being set free. After they’re released, a team will continue to monitor them for at least six months to ensure they’ve adapted to their new home.

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“The release of these fifteen individuals is a real cause for celebration and congratulations are due to everyone involved. It is the culmination of two years’ intensive treatment and care in order to return these Critically Endangered primates to their natural habitat, in a place where they will be far from human settlements and free from further harm,” said Alan Knight OBE, IAR CEO.

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The slow loris conservation program in the area is being run in partnership between IAR and the Centre for Conservation of Natural Resources West Java, which ultimately aims to protect the local ecosystem and help these critically endangered slow lorises recover.

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Himawan Sasongko, head of the center, added in a statement that since 2014, their work has seen as many as 39 slow lorises undergo rehabilitation and release in this protected area, which has been identified as important habitat for them.

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Hopefully they will all thrive in their new home, and their story will help raise awareness about their plight and how the illegal pet trade could soon lead to their extinction in the wild. Sadly, IAR estimates that every day three of them are poached from the wild, and an average of one of them won’t survive the ordeal.

As IAR has previously pointed out, these shy, nocturnal animals are easily stressed and endure a number of abuses after being torn from their homes that range from being confined and fed inappropriate diets, to having their teeth crudely clipped or broken off without anesthesia to make them defenseless, which often leads to infection and death.

For more on how to help, check out International Animal Rescue and its Tickling is Torture campaign.

Photo credit: International Animal Rescue.

82 comments

Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

tks for sharing

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RosemaryRannes H

IAR saves critically endangered animals like these amazing loris's many times over and all are to be commended for their dedication in the field to rehabilitating and returning these abused forest animals to their rightful habitat. It's too late to reunite them with the families they were torn away from, but hopefully they will begin a new life establishing their own families. Prayers for all.

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Shirley Plowman
Shirley Plowman6 months ago

What a cutie!!!!

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heather g
heather g6 months ago

A change will only come about once this cruelty is brought to the attention of the very youngest schoolchildren. People who behave stupidly give the impression of being uneducated.

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Angela K
Angela K6 months ago

Great :-)

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KimJ M
KimJ M6 months ago

Tfs

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KimJ M
KimJ M6 months ago

Tfs

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KimJ M
KimJ M6 months ago

Great

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Arlene C
Arlene C6 months ago

Merci ALICIA

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Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan Hill6 months ago

great work

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