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International Animal Rescue Saving animals from suffering around the world

Celebrating 30 years of IAR - Slow Loris Project

This month marks 30 years of International Animal Rescue! At this time of reflection we are looking back at all we have achieved over the past three decades.

We are proud to run the largest slow loris rescue and rehabilitation centre in the world. We are dedicated to ending the cruel trade in slow lorises as pets and returning as manty of them possible back to their rightful home in the forest.

Since starting the project in 2007, we have rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of slow lorises and made huge progress with law enforcement.

One of the many lorises we have helped is Canon (pictured). Canon is a female slow loris who was rescued in October 2016 as part of a seizure of 34 lorises.

Upon rescue, Canon was pregnant and had three air gun bullets lodged in her head, one of which had injured her right eye beyond repair. 

She gave birth just days after arriving at our centre to tiny baby Chestnut who was just 10cm. Canon proved to be an excellent mother despite the trauma she had just been through.

In August 2017, after successful treatment and equipped with all the natural behaviours and skills she needed to survive in the wild, Canon returned to her natural home in the Javan rainforest with her baby.

In 2015, we launched our ‘Tickling is Torture’ campaign to expose the truth behind seemingly ‘cute’ viral online videos of slow lorises being kept as pets. The campaign video has received over 130 million views, with more than 700,000 people pledging to help expose the truth behind the slow loris pet trade.

We are a small charity, but we are making a big difference to slow lorises, thanks to your ongoing commitment and support.