Slow Loris Rescue
The Plight of the Slow Loris
The slow loris in Indonesia is in serious danger of extinction and the greatest threat to its survival is the illegal trade in wildlife. Its huge brown eyes and soft fur make this small nocturnal primate highly prized as a pet and the victim of an online craze created by videos on YouTube. Thousands of slow lorises are poached from the wild and illegally sold on the street or in animal markets.
The slow 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 Animal Rescue runs the only slow loris rescue and rehabilitation centre in Indonesia. At our facility in Ciapus, Java we provide specialist treatment and care for slow lorises confiscated from the markets or surrendered by their owners. Visit our slow loris pet trade information page to learn more about the trade and how to respond to online videos and images.
Our goal is to return as many slow lorises to the wild as possible. However, many of them have had their teeth cut out and may no longer be able to fend for themselves. Veterinary dental specialists are helping us determine whether these teeth can be repaired or replaced. We provide a permanent home at our centre for lorises that can never be released.
Working closely with universities and scientists, we are also carrying out research into successful rehabilitation and reintroduction programmes for slow lorises. A number of lorises with their teeth intact have been released wearing radio collars and are being closely monitored by the team.
We also work closely with local authorities and the police to catch wildlife traffickers and dealers and bring them to court. Education of local communities and better law enforcement are vital if this endangered primate is to stand a chance of survival.
You can help protect these beautiful, endangered primates by adopting Cepat, one of our long term residents.
Read more about the Javan Slow Loris here.
Raising Awareness - "Tickling is Torture" Campaign
In June 2015 we launched the Tickling is Torture campaign with the aim of targeting the viral videos and images of slow lorises being kept as pets. These videos often get millions of views and only help to encourage the illegal trade of slow lorises. We're asking people to pledge not to support the illegal pet trade by not sharing or liking these videos/images and, if possible, directing people to the Tickling is Torture website.
The campaign has been a great success, at the time of writing (October 2015) we have had over 300,000 pledges and it continues to rise daily.
If you'd like to find out more about the campaign, or even sign the pledge yourself, visit the Tickling is Torture website. You can also support the work we do by buying a life-saving syringe or virtually adopting one of our slow lorises.