Slow lorises are small primates related to lemurs. These shy, nocturnal
animals can be found across Southeast Asia, moving through the forests at night
feeding on tree saps and searching for insect prey. Their endearing appearance
hides a fascinating fact - they are the only known venomous primates.
Slow lorises face many threats to their survival, including habitat loss.
They are currently being captured from the wild in large numbers for both
traditional medicine and the illegal wildlife trade, and demand for lorises is increasing due to viral videos of loris
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cleveland Zoological Society support loris research and
conservation as well as efforts to combat the illegal widlife trade through The Little Fireface Project
for Nature Vietnam and the Danau Girang Field Centre (Malaysia).
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
- Be a loris web defender. Don’t “like” or support online videos of pet
- Visit the Zoo gift shop to purchase books, t-shirts, and other products from
the Little Fireface Project. One hundred percent of all proceeds will support
slow loris conservation in Indonesia.
- Visit nocturama.org to
learn more about slow lorises and take action by signing petitions against slow loris trade and
- Direct friends online to resources that expose the truth about
slow loris pets and the illegal wildlife trade.