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Bengal slow loris

Nycticebus bengalensis

The Bengal slow loris is the largest of 5 recognised loris species. This loris species is found over a large range of tropical regions in South East Asia and is recognised as Vulnerable on the IUCN Redlist. The fur of the slow loris is dense with a dark grey upper side and a white-ish belly.  It has a distinctive stripe running up the spine, which stops at the face.

Slow lorises are nocturnal and arboreal, spending all their time in the trees. They have one of the longest tongues, relative to size, amongst all primates; which they use to lick nectar from plants and sap from trees.

Lorises are the only poisonous primates. When they lick a gland on their inner elbow and it mixes with their saliva it creates venom similar to the cat allergen, though research is ongoing into this fascinating defence mechanism.

 

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Habitat & threats

The Slow loris is vulnerable but its threats are numerous. Due to their cute looks and appearance in viral YouTube videos, the Slow loris has been taken illegally from the wild in huge numbers to satisfy demand in the pet trade. The loris is also a popular ingredient in traditional remedies, which have no proven medical properties.