Scientist: Professor Anna Nekaris
Organisation: Little Fireface Project & Oxford Brookes University
How PTES has helped me so far: Since 2002, PTES has supported the work of me, and my team In Indonesia. It is safe to say that without PTES, we could not have advanced our knowledge of lorises to improve their conservation. We are honoured to be a PTES Conservation Partner.
I always loved animals and had a passion for conserving the environment, yet I thought that occupations with animals meant being a vet or a zoo keeper. I then learned that it was possible to study animals, specifically primates, in the wild as a career. Being a devout nyctophile – someone who loves the night or darkness – I decided to study nocturnal primates so that I could enjoy spending my life under the moon and stars.
Why I love slow lorises
I love all loris species, since I began studying slender lorises in captivity in 1994. Our long term studies of lorises have revealed fascinating behaviour: males and females stay paired for several years if they can, something we didn’t expect for such a small and solitary animal.
Is to ensure that the Little Fireface Project helps secure a future for slow lorises across Java, and the people who live alongside them. My project is a multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted one. It combines field work, conservation, captive welfare and outreach both nationally and internationally.
What your donation can achieve
Will pay for the monthly upkeep, rent and electricity costs for our field station in Java. This is the base from where all our research occurs, supporting local students and the wider community.
Pays for three months’ salary for our Illegal Wildlife Officer, gathering evidence to challenge and tackle the horrific trade in vulnerable lorises.
Will contribute towards our annual Loris Pride Days – important community get-togethers. By linking lorises to these community days, the locals develop and grow a sense of pride in this species which relies on them for its future.
Covers the costs of radio-collars, batteries and GPS trackers for a year, so we can continue to follow and learn more about the ecology of this wonderful species.