Hunted and traded for body parts, the Bengal slow loris needs a conservation strategy

Exposing the Big Game

by Deepanwita Gita Niyogi on 7 August 2020
The Bengal slow loris is a gum-eating, nocturnal, tree-dwelling primate species found in northeast India.
Limited information on its status and ecology is the main hindrance to developing a conservation strategy for this species in India, state experts.
The species, which is listed as Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, is heavily hunted and traded despite being legally protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Researchers recommend community awareness drives comprising schoolchildren in villages surrounding protected areas and more scientific studies.
Trying to trace the shy and nocturnal Bengal slow loris, primatologists in India’s biodiversity-rich northeast India kept missing the gum and sap-feeding endangered primate species till 2008. It was only in 2009 when primatologists in the region got together and switched methods to scout out for the little-known venomous primate that they uncovered more…

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