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Why slow lorises are not suitable pets


•  Slow lorises are nocturnal animals. Therefore, being kept in a brightly lit room is incredibly uncomfortable and causes pain and suffering.

•  Slow lorises cannot express natural behaviours in captivity. In the wild they travel long distances at night in their search for food, making confinement in a small cage incredibly cruel.  

•   In the wild the slow loris would feed on a complex diet of fruits and insects, owners often struggle to meet these special dietary needs. This leads to obesity as well as other serious health problems such as: infection, pneumonia, diabetes, metabolic bone disease and malnutrition.  

• Slow lorises have a venomous bite that is harmful to humans. Usually their teeth are clipped but if their teeth are still intact they mix venom secreted from a gland inside their upper arm with saliva to deliver a venomous bite. This can cause anaphylactic shock and even death in humans. 

•  It is illegal in many countries to keep a loris as a pet. Most countries have rules against the purchase of exotic species (including the slow loris). It is highly doubtful that any slow loris would be being kept as a pet legally.

•  Slow lorises are in serious danger of extinction, with the biggest threat to survival being the illegal trade in wildlife. Having a slow loris as a pet encourages the trade and therefore pushes these extraordinary animals closer to extinction.  

•   They use urine to mark their territory – making them rather smelly!


Go to the main Slow Loris Pet Trade Information Page