Slow Loris Rescue
Slow lorises are protected species by international laws and furthermore protected under the Indonesian law where the trade or possession of slow lorises are forbidden and a perpetrator can be prosecuted under Indonesian legislation. However, these laws are ignored in Indonesia due to the lack of enforcement and as a result they are still commonly bought as pets. We primarily rescues lorises from pet owners and are authorised to carry out such operations by the local law enforcement authorities.
Our team is alerted by BKSDA (Nature Conservation Agency of Indonesia) and loris pet owners through our online ‘surrender your loris’ portal. This was created to make the process easy and accessible to people in different regions and is publicised through our online social media platforms. Certain rescues are also conducted based on information received through word of mouth.
The rescue team usually consists of a veterinarian, a person from the education team who informs the pet owners regarding the legalities involved in loris pet keeping, and to help if there is any resistance from the pet owners to surrender their loris, a loris keeper or a field staff member who handles the animal and one person to document the rescue.
Once the centre receives information, the rescue team immediately arrives at the location. Upon seeing the loris, the situation is assessed, and either of the two following actions are taken.
- If the loris was caught from the wild and not kept as a pet for a long period of time, an on-site medical check is done. If the loris is in good health and dental condition, it is released back into a suitable habitat.
- If the loris seems to be unwell, has been kept as pet for a long period of time or is from the market, the loris is taken back to the centre where a thorough medical checkup is conducted and the animal is housed in quarantine, during which each individual is tagged with a microchip for future identification.
The details of the pet owner, location of rescue, source and history of the loris is noted to maintain our pet owner profile database. A legal document agreeing upon the rescue of the loris is signed by the owner and the Rescue Team members.