The Slender Loris is a small monkey that lives in the forest, where it moves slowly so as not to attract attention. It is at risk of extinction because the forests where it lives are rapidly disappearing.
Body length: 16 to 26cm
Weight: 85 to 350g
(Source: Endangered Animals, Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd.)
The Slender Loris only lives in thickly forested areas of Sri Lanka.
The Slender Loris loves to eat insects, which it catches at night.
The Slender Loris spends most of its time in the treetops. It can hang from a branch and move along it using only its hind legs, but its movements are slow like a tortoise.
A special talent for not attracting attention
The Slender Loris is a small monkey. However, it moves incredibly slowly for a monkey – so slowly that you could say it has a special talent for not attracting attention. Its body is covered in gray fur, and it moves slowly through the treetops under cover of darkness to sneak up on the insects that are its prey. The Slender Loris is said not to move at all for hours at a time so that it almost appears to be part of the forest when hiding from its natural enemies.
Valuable forests are disappearing
The forests where the Slender Loris lives are rapidly being cut down to make farmland and harvest timber. Even if a forest is not cut down completely, it will not be suitable for the Slender Loris if there are fewer trees where it can hide. On top of this, the Slender Loris is hunted to be sold as pets or used in medicine. If things continue the way they are, the Slender Loris may become extinct.
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