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Bengal Slow Loris

Nycticebus bengalensis

Description:

The Bengal slow loris is nocturnal and arboreal, occurring in both evergreen and deciduous forests. It prefers rainforests with dense canopies, and its presence in its native habitat indicates a healthy ecosystem. The species is listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List, and is threatened with extinction due to a growing demand in the exotic pet trade and traditional medicine.

Notes:

Photographed at the snake house in Cambodia

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2 Comments

RachelM
RachelM 9 years ago

Thanks Craig, I can't watch the documentary from Canada but it sounds very interesting. I felt bad for this guy, he seemed sad.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

Great pics Rachel.
Just watched the fascinating and heartbreaking documentary: 'Jungle Gremlins of Java' (on BBC iplayer until Wed, 14 Mar 2012 if you can access it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01... )
It reveals new insights into the behaviour of these too cute for their own good primates (they're certainly not as slow as they've been made out for one) and illuminates the horror of the illegal pet trade that has seen demand rocket on the back of that 'Tickling Slow Loris' YouTube phenomenon.

RachelM
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RachelM

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Spotted on Jun 29, 2011
Submitted on Jun 29, 2011

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