The 10-year-old female and three-year-old male were transferred from Singapore Zoo, where they were first sent after being confiscated. Before their rescue they had likely been destined for the pet or tourist trade.
The Slow Loris is native across habitats in Southeast Asia. With their large eyes, small size and slow movements, it is easy to understand why they have become viral sensations on social media in recent years.
Perhaps you have seen the videos of them being tickled or handled as pets? It may appear cute, but the reality is not.
Many of the videos show the Slow Loris in uncomfortable situations that are not in their best welfare. Unfortunately the popularity of these types of videos unwittingly encourage trafficking of these “adorable” animals.
The two Slow Lorises at Perth Zoo just had their health check after their quarantine period. While the vets were happy to confirm that they were in good health, their teeth had been trimmed before they were confiscated, likely to make them less of a threat as pets.
Unable to be released into the wild again, they have been sent to Perth Zoo from Singapore Zoo so visitors here can learn more about these incredible animals and the threats they face in the wild.
The Slow Lorises will be moved into the Nocturnal House in the coming months.