Famous for their enormous eyes and small stature, lorises are actually one of the few mammals and the only primate with a venomous bite. Despite this natural defence, their sweet appearance has made them a prime target in illegal pet trade.
Much like the Raffles’ Banded Langur, the slow loris is incredibly shy and elusive. They are also primarily nocturnal, which makes them the least studied primate in Singapore. While we know their numbers are in decline due to the illegal pet trade, we unfortunately don’t know how many are left in the wild, making efforts to support their protection all the more urgent.
It is JGIS’s mission to actively work to support the conservation of all primates in Singapore but, for now, our limited contact with the slow loris may actually be its best defence. In the past few decades, there have been confiscations of slow lorises in Singapore, clearly suggesting that it is involved in their illegal trade. If you spot any slow lorises being kept in people’s homes or being sold, please notify the authorities, including AVA, ACRES and NParks.