SL Projects

Saving slow loris from extinction

Overseas Activities

Supporting conservation centers in Southeast Asia where slow lorises live

We are going to visit slow loris conservation centers in Southeast Asian countries to provide equipment, medicines and to offer financial assistance.
Currently, we are considering offering these assistances for centers in Viet Nam and Thailand.

Overseas groups to be supported

1.The Endangered Primate Rescue Center

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center The Endangered Primate Rescue Center

A conservation and rescue center for endangered mammals which was opened in the national park with support of the Zoo Frankfurt in January 1993.

With the primary goal of releasing the animals back to the wild, two semi-wild areas as large as 2ha and 5ha were prepared next to the conservation center with the area of 1.5ha. They are protecting the animals in these semi-wide areas surrounded by electric fence and helping them to go back to the wild.
They also put a radio tracking collar on some of these animals when they release for the purpose of biological study.

As of December 2014, they protect 170 mammals in 15 species, including 14 slow lorises and 9 Pygmy slow lorises. 6 species of their protected animals are considered to be rare because this is the only place in the world that protects these species.

The center is mainly operated by 2 German experts along with 24 local cleaning/managing staff.
These animals are fed basically 3 times a day, depending on the species. Their feed consists of soup, bananas, vegetables, rice and leaves with a total weight of 350kg.
The center is fully financed by donations. Immediate support is required, because they are in a severe economic situation with feeding costs and labor costs for the staff.

2.Wildlife At Risk

Wildlife At Risk Wildlife At Risk

There are a number of cages in various sizes in the area of about 5,000m2, where they provide medical care, protection, rehabilitation and preparation for release to the wild for various species including mammals as well as birds, amphibians and reptiles.

It is operated by 10 members with 3 doctors, 3 keepers, 2 security guards, 1 cleaner and 1 manager.
As for the genus of slow loris (Nycticebus), they protect 3 Pygmy slow lorises and 1 slow loris as of December 2014.
At the WAR office in Ho Chi Minh City, they produce periodical activity reports properly under the management of an accounting firm.
They accept donations for increasing the number of cages, repairing the facility, feeding animals and obtaining medicine (anesthesia and surgical instruments).

Wildlife At Risk (WAR)
202/10 Nguyen Xi Street, Ward 26, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- http://www.wildlifeatrisk.org/new/home.html

Activities in Japan

Raising public awareness and supporting appropriate rearing in Japan

Raising public awareness

Slow loris is an endangered species and subject to the ban of international trade by the Washington Convention.
ACEA has been engaged in raising the public awareness of this fact and support activities to help properly raise and breed slow loris which has a population of 1,000 in Japan.
We believe that increasing their population by breeding in Japan may become helpful in avoiding potential extinction at their original habitats in the future, just as we accepted Chinese variety of Toki (Japanese crested ibis) from China when Japanese own Toki species became extinct.

Public awareness campaign to tackle with illegal trade

As a species listed in the CITES I (Appendix I), which is the most stringent regulation in the Washington Convention, all slow loris species including Bengal slow loris and Pygmy slow loris are subject to the ban of international trade.
Slow loris has gained popularity as a pet due to its cute appearance, which resulted in a rapid increase in smuggling into Japan between the 2007 and 2008 at around the time the regulation was introduced.
Even after the regulation was introduced, there have been continual illegal commercial trades such as the case of 2013 when pet dealers and other involved persons were arrested and their report was sent to the prosecutor's office for smuggling and illegal trade.
In response to this situation, ACEA is raising public awareness through our web page "Information" of the fact that slow loris is listed as "an endangered species" and "individual registration to an MOE-designated agency is required for rearing a slow loris in Japan".
We are engaged in public awareness campaigns to tackle with illegal trades.

Information transmission to support proper rearing

Currently, significant number of slow lorises are reared by individuals and at zoos. No matter how you wish to release them to the wild, it is not easy even to return them to the countries where they originally lived.
To keep these slow lorises in Japan healthy, ACEA provides information as to early discovery of diseases and methods of treatment with help from veterinarians and breeders.

Diseases that slow loris easily catches

Major diseases and methods of treatment suggested by veterinarians include the following.
Under the supervision of Katsuki Matsubara, the director of Banquet Veterinary Clinic

Books and Publications

Books and Publications

1."Conservation of Primates in Indochina"
edited by Tilo Nadler ,Benjamin Rawson, Van Ngoc Thinhv

2."Primates of Vietnam"
edited by Tilo Nadler ,Diane Brockman

3."Vietnamese Journal of Primatology" A total of seven books
Volume1 Issue 1~5 (2007-2011)
Volume2 issue 1~2 (2012-2013)

Booklet

Booklet

1. Field Guide "Primates of Vietnam" by EPRC
2. Cuc Phuong National Park Guide (Vietnamese)
3. Primates Field Guide by WAR
4. Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station by WAR
5. Hon Me Wild life Rescue Station by WAR

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