Endangered Slow Lorises Rescued from the Pet Trade are Finally Free

Rescuers are celebrating an amazing outcome for two endangered Javan slow lorises who were rescued from the pet trade and have gotten their happy ending.

Lilo and Jomblo were rescued from the illegal pet trade when they were confiscated by police in 2016. Since then, the two have been living with International Animal Rescue (IAR) and have undergone a lengthy rehabilitation period at the organization’s primate center.

Last summer, they were among a group of ten slow lorises released in the Mount Sawal Protected Forest in West Java. IAR fitted them with radio collars, so they track and monitor them to ensure they were adapting back into their natural environment.

Now, their rescuers are celebrating the progress the two have made. With the support of local residents and forest police, a team from IAR began searching for them at the end of March. When they found them, the team removed those collars.

Lilo and Jomblo are finally officially wild and free.

March 21st was a very special day for two of our released slow lorises, Lilo and Jomblo.

After six months of extensive…

Posted by International Animal Rescue on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

“The removal of Lilo’s and Jomblo’s collars marks the end of the post-release monitoring process,” said Robithotul Huda, Programme Manager of IAR Indonesia, “They have adjusted beautifully to their natural environment. They have already established a stable home range and proved to be adept at finding and feeding on wild food sources. They have also both been observed socialising with wild Javan slow lorises.”

This isn’t just a testament to a successful slow loris rehabilitation program. It’s also a reminder about how important it is to protect forests so animals like Lilo and Jomblo have a safe place to return, and their wild counterparts have a safe place to live.

“The fact that Jomblo and Lilo have not only survived but are thriving back in their natural habitat is an indicator of the success of the release programme for slow lorises in the Mount Sawal Protected Forest,” said Alan Knight OBE, IAR’s Chief Executive, “The forest covers an area of 5,400 hectares and is an ideal conservation area for the reintroduction of protected primates like the Javan slow loris. Since 2014, 55 Javan slow lorises from our centre in Bogor, have been released in the Forest.”

Hopefully they’ll continue to thrive, but their story is a sad reminder about the toll the illegal pet trade is taking on slow lorises.

All slow lorises are suffering as a result of the illegal wildlife trade throughout their range, but the Javan slow loris has been particularly hard-hit and are now listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – making each life incredibly precious.

Unfortunately, the demand for slow lorises continues to put their future survival at risk, and captivity itself has also led to a lot of cruelty.

As IAR has previously pointed out, these shy, nocturnal animals are easily stressed and endure a number of heartbreaking abuses. After being torn from their homes, some lorises in captivity are fed inappropriate diets, and others have their teeth crudely clipped or broken off without anesthesia to make them defenseless, which often leads to infection and death, and also makes them ineligible for release.

IAR is working to rescue, rehabilitate and release as many slow lorises as they can. It’s also working to educate people about why slow lorises shouldn’t be kept as pets in an effort to stop the trade and protect them in the wild where they belong.

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

Photo credit: International Animal Rescue

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