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Grey slender loris

Loris lydekkerianus

The Grey slender loris has a large range, across India and Sri Lanka, and is the most wide-spread of the species of Loris.  They are nocturnal and spend the nights wandering the forest looking for fruit, insects, gum and nectar, which makes up the majority of their diet.

 

 

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Habitat & threats

 In Western India, the Slender loris is associated with bad luck and bad omens. A sighting of one is supposed to indicate a life of spinster-hood. Their main threat is habitat fragmentation as human populations expand into the forests, breaking it up and making it more difficult for lorises to come together to breed.

Twins are very common in the Grey slender loris though they are mostly solitary with males and females only coming together for the breeding season. Like other lorises, they are venomous - the venom is licked over the youngsters to protect them from wild cats and other predators whilst mothers go foraging for food.