Another serious consideration is their notoriously-slow reproductive rates.

In 2001, Groves reported the existence of hybrids between these two species in the region. Nycticebus bengalensis, commonly known as the Bengal slow loris or northern slow loris, is a strepsirrhine primate in the slow loris genus, Nycticebus.

Understandably, apart from economic and subsistence values, seldom are other values attached to natural resources. Das observed a change in the mindset of local community members after each awareness drive. In Vietnam, it is listed as Vulnerable in the 2007 Vietnam Red Data Book, and protected by law under Decree 32/2006 ND-CP: 1B.

Bengal slow loris. It prefers precipitation with dense canopy, and its presence in its native habitat indicates a healthy ecosystem. Bengal Slow Loris Pygmy is not a seasonal breeder unlike loris. All rights reserved.

I discovered that lorises didn’t use all plant species equally. Binomial name: Nycticebus bengalensis, Bernard Germain de Lacépède, 1800. It is known from 24 protected areas in Vietnam, and is distributed across most of Thailand.

Four of the five species fall under the category ‘vulnerable’, while the fifth is ‘critically endangered’ and the population of all five is listed as declining.

It is found within many protected areas throughout its range, but this does not protect them from rampant poaching and illegal logging. It is known from 24 protected areas in Vietnam and distributed to most parts of Thailand. Considered a subspecies of the Sunda slow loris (N. coucang) until 2001, phylogenetic analysis suggests that the Bengal slow loris is most closely related to the Sunda slow loris. Yet, like every other night we had spent in the Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, an area of about 195 sq. Pygmy Slow Loris (N. pygmyus) is less than 55 mm (2.2 in) in length. Jhum cultivation, expansion of tea estates and the conversion of forests for agricultural uses are endangering the animal. The species acts as an important seed disperser and pollinator, as well as a prey item for several carnivores.

Even villagers seem to be interested more about nocturnal animals mammalian species,” Das explained, adding that night-blooming flowers are pollinated by the Bengal slow loris, which is vital for a healthy forest ecosystem. These are, Das who is also affiliated with the Nocturnal Primate Research Group of Oxford Brookes University, Slow lorises are a group of primates comprising eight species occurring in South and South-East Asia. Most often, instead of ripping fresh holes every night, the slow loris remembers the location of existing ones, visiting them as frequently as twice a night.

It was only in 2009 when primatologists in the region got together and switched methods to scout out for the little-known venomous primate that they uncovered more about it.

The Bengal slow loris which prefers to search for its food under the cover of night is.

The Bengal slow loris is (shares its range) with the pygmy slow loris in southeast of China, Vietnam, and Laos. For my part, tired of repeating instructions to be silent, I began paying more attention to ridding myself of mosquitoes and clambering leeches. It has dense, woolly, brown-gray fur on its back and white fur on its underside. “Bengal slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) is solitary and shy. Even more troublesome, these highly-specialised primates are known to fare poorly in captivity, even at well-informed breeding centres, where they show low mating success and high levels of aggression toward one another.

The genus Nycticebusis one of the least studied Asian primates.

In India, dense forest canopy has been depleted by as much as 55% in some areas and is rapidly disappearing. Bengal slow loris can survive up to 20 years.

The species can be found in at least 43 protected areas in Northeast India, 14 conservation areas in Laos, and 24 protected areas in Vietnam. Women usually give birth to a single child, although twins rarely occur. Formerly considered a subspecies of the Sunda slow loris (N. coucang), it was recognized as a distinct species in 2001 by taxonomist and primatologist Colin Groves. We also reiterate here the promise that our team of reporters, copy editors, fact-checkers, designers, and photographers will deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda. Eating plant exudates can be challenging. The breed is commonly sold as a pet and in zoos throughout Southeast Asia. “That’s why we missed it,” Biswas of Primate Research Centre North East India based in Assam, told Mongabay-India. The Bengal Slow Loris is 34-38 centimeter in length and weighs 650-2,000 gram.

Throughout its geographic range, slow lorises are in serious decline.

While the watery liquid is easy to digest, the enlarged cecum in its gut processes the carbohydrate-rich gums.

“We found that despite hunting and habitat loss Bengal slow lorises still exist in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, albeit patchily within a forest block. Thus, began the first ecological study on the elusive Bengal slow loris Nycticebus bengalensis. Bengal slow lorises (Nycticebus bengalensis) are anything but ordinary.Known as lajwanti banor, or ‘shy monkey’ in Bangla, they are anatomically and behaviourally peculiar.The English name ‘slow loris’ is a misnomer, conjuring images of a sloth-like existence.