Grey Slender Loris
The grey slender loris inhabits forests, plantations and jungles in eastern and southern India and Sri Lanka.
They are insectivores, eating mostly ants and termites, though they will also eat beetles, spiders and occasionally small vertebrates.
The slender loris is nocturnal, sleeping by day while gripping a branch with its hands and feet. Its grasp is so strong that the animal can hang by one leg and feed in this position.
After a gestation of 180-193 days a single youngster is born. The female carries the baby for several days after which she deposits it on a branch (baby parking), collecting it later in the night or the following morning.
This species has a high priority for conservation breeding. Newquay Zoo is part of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP) which is managed by Poznan Zoo, Poland. In India and Sri Lanka, habitat loss has affected this species, and the plantations where the loris lives are an unstable habitat, subject to harvesting at any time.
- Latin Name: Loris lydekkerianus
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Lorisidae
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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