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