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  • English name
    Greater Slow Loris
  • ClassificationPrimates, Lorisidae
  • Scientific nameNycticebus coucang

Greater Slow Loris
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The Greater Slow Loris is unusually slow-moving for a monkey. Their population is declining because people capture them to keep as pets.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 26.5-38cm
Tail length: 1.3-2.5cm
Weight: 230-610kg

(Source: Shin Sekai Zetsumetsu Kiki Doubutsu Zukan* (Library Edition) Gakken) (*Illustrated Encyclopedia of New World Endangered Animals)

Where they live

The Greater Slow Loris lives in the tropical forests that extends from Southeast Asia to the eastern part of India.

What they eat

They like to eat fruits, seeds, and insects. Because they move so slowly, they have to be very careful to avoid detection as they approach their prey.

What they are like

The Greater Slow Loris lives in the treetops. They use both their toes and fingers to grip branches.

Find out more about the Greater Slow Loris!

Their slow movement is a defense mechanism?!
The Greater Slow Loris is a small monkey measuring only 30 cm. Monkeys are known for their agility, capable of jumping from branch to branch. But as its name implies, the Greater Slow Loris is a very slow mover. Unable to jump or move quickly, they move about treetops ever so slowly. Do not worry though, because this does not make them prone to attack. It actually makes them more unnoticeable. Unfortunately, while their slow lifestyle protects them in the wilderness, it has tragic consequences elsewhere...

Captured to keep as pets and untoothed...
Today, the Greater Slow Loris is on the brink of extinction. The reason is because many people catch them to keep as pets. They have become popular pets because people assumed they were easy to own based on their cute looks and slow-moving behavior. Pet owners cut or remove their teeth to keep them from harming other loris and people. This causes them to become sick and eventually die. Even if they survive, without their teeth, the Greater Slow Loris cannot survive in the wilderness.

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