Award-winning slow loris documentary re-airs on BBC2

Monday, 24 November 2014

Slow Loris

On Saturday 29 November at 6pm, the BBC2 will broadcast the award-winning Natural World documentary ‘Jungle Gremlins of Java’ about the under-threat slow loris primate.

In a captivating and emotional documentary, the film follows Oxford Brookes’ Professor Anna Nekaris as she explains why this fascinating species faces a threat to its very existence due to the illegal pet-trade.

The cute and docile appearance of the slow loris began to capture the hearts of millions across the world when a YouTube of a ‘pet’ loris being tickled went viral. Since then, more and more videos have appeared online that disguise the true nature of the loris and lead people to believe they make ideal yet exotic domestic pets.

The documentary will show the horrific realities of the illegal pet trade and how these cute videos are having a detrimental impact on these animals.

Prof Anna Nekaris, Professor in Anthropology and Primate Conservation

Professor Anna Nekaris, course leader of Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University and Director of the Little Fireface Project, which works to conserve slow lorises in their natural habitat and save them from extinction, talks about why these videos are heart-breaking and cruel:

“Slow lorises are a protected species which means removing them from the wild is illegal. Even if someone claims to own a slow loris legally which some countries do allow, the importing and the breeding of the initial animal will almost always have been done illegally. 

The videos being circulated on the web are cruel to these animals for a number of reasons largely relating to the absence of several elements of their natural habitat. These reasons include allowing these nocturnal animals to be exposed to daylight, kept isolated in cages, being fed a harmful diet and receiving constant human contact.

As well as the research and conservation work around the slow loris, the documentary will show the horrific realities  of the illegal pet trade and how these cute videos are having a detrimental impact on these animals.”

If you are interested in protecting the slow loris you can donate via the Oxford Brookes fundraising pages

Your support will provide support to a range of activities to keep the slow loris in the wild where they belong. This will include:

  • Supporting conservation education activities in slow loris habitats
  • Providing important funds for field work and further research
  • Helping to support scholarships for students to be able to study for Masters and PhD degrees to carry out these important studies

More information about the slow loris and Oxford Brookes’ conservation work can be found on the Oxford Brookes website and the Little Fireface website.

Images by Michael Williams