The Javan Slow Loris looks similar to the tarsier due to their larger eyes in relation to the rest of their bodies. Recently, 10 of these Slow Loris' were rescued by people who were keeping them as pets. They will be rehabilitated before being released back into the wild. So what exactly are these Slow Loris and what can we learn about them?
Physical Description and Behavior
The Slow Loris is a primate that weighs only about a pound. Their bodies have a creamy hue with distinctive dark brown marks. Including a diamond shape on its forehead. They also have fairly large eyes which help them to see in the dark.
Fun Fact: The Javan Slow Loris's brain was examined in the 1860s and was determined to be similar to that of the lemur.
These mammals are nocturnal and rely heavily on vines and branches to travel around. They survive on consuming fruit, lizards, insects, eggs, and cacao beans. They can also eat the natural gum that appears on some trees.
They also sleep curled up in the branches of trees, which can help them to avoid many predators. They do this as opposed to making a nest as most other animals do. They travel in pairs often and sleep in groups, which sounds adorable.
Habitat and Location
These small mammals are considered to be Critically Endangered. They are only found on part of a small island off the coast of Banten near Singapore and Jakarta. Their population is on a sharp decline due to poaching and the exotic animal trade.
Collections of captive Slow Loris can be found in other parts of the world, such as the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Jakarta, and Singapore.
To learn more about this critically endangered animal, check out the video below by National Geographic.