Study species: Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus)
Project location: Java, Indonesia
Species fact: Lorises are small, captivating nocturnal primates that can live up to 25 years in captivity. One of the few venomous mammals to exist, they secrete toxin from glands in their elbows.
Problem: The Indonesian island of Java has been subject to devastating habitat lost, with just an estimated 10,000 hectares of rainforest remaining. Lorises are also hunted for medicine and the pet trade – as they climb slowly through the remaining trees, they are easy to take from the wild.
Bring benefits to local farmers who are the custodians of the remaining loris habitat. We will improve their livelihoods through organic and wildlife-friendly farming ensuring biodiversity conservation among Java’s small-hold coffee community.
Continue to understand the ecological needs of these small primates by radio-tracking several families. We will learn more about how often they breed, how families sustain long-term relationships and share their home ranges.
Raise awareness of, and try to reduce, the threats of the wildlife trade. This includes tackling social media feeds that portray lorises as suitable pets.
What your donation can achieve
could help Anna run workshops for farmers so that more farms are reforested and made wildlife friendly.
could help Anna and her team monitor the eight slow loris families in the study.
could help buy tree saplings to reforest agricultural land in Java, helping slow lorises who are forced to live so close to people.