‘This Loris was born in a pet shop! It’s domestic and looks happy!'
People may state that their pet slow loris was born in a pet shop, however this is highly unlikely - even if the owner doesn’t realise it. It is notoriously difficult to breed lorises in captivity.
To run a successful loris breeding programme you would need an immense knowledge of loris ecology and also suitable facilities for breeding, a pet shop environment simply cannot provide such things. In addition to this, lorises only have one offspring at a time (apart from pygmy slow lorises that have twins) and have a long inter-birth interval of around 16 months. It is therefore highly unlikely that lorises are being successfully bred in pet shops.
However, even if someone’s pet loris was born in a pet shop – that does not make owning it okay. Buying a pet slow loris supports the trade that is causing these amazing animals to become extinct and any loris kept as a pet will be suffering, regardless of where it was born. Find out more about why slow lorises do not make suitable pets.
Go to the main Slow Loris Pet Trade Information Page