Area of zoo
Enclosure status
IUCN status
Scientific name
Nycticebus pygmaeus
Vietnam, Laos, eastern Cambodia and southern China
Rainforests and bamboo thickets

Pygmy slow loris facts

Venomous primates

Pygmy slow lorises are one of the only mammals to produce a toxin.

They're able to give a venomous bite and by grooming their babies they can protect them from predators. 

Slow lorises have two tongues, a long upper one for slurping nectar and a smaller lower one which they use like a toothbrush to clean their teeth. 

What do pygmy slow lorises eat? 

They mostly eat fruits, tree gum, insects and small vertebrates. 

Pygmy slow loris threats

Pygmy slow lorises are often caught up in the illegal wildlife trade because of their perceived 'cuteness'.

Pygmy slow loris conservation 

Pygmy slow lorises are an EDGE species. At ZSL, we're investing in wildlife conservation at a grass-roots level for the species, to help protect the them and raise awareness for their conservation in their native range and beyond. 

Animals in our Nightlife habitat

  • Red slender loris
    Loris tardigradus

    Slender loris

    Slender lorises silently sneak up on their prey and grab with their hands.

  • A wide-eyed aye-aye grips onto a log
    Daubentonia madagascariensis


    Aye-ayes use their long finger to tap on branches and listen for hollow sounds, then they use their strong front teeth to rip open the bark before reaching into the hole to pull out their prey. 

  • Naked mole rat face with teeth showing
    Heterocephalus glaber

    Naked mole-rat

    Naked mole rats very rarely get cancer, and are capable of surviving low oxygen levels and are resistant to some forms of pain.

  • Two Malagasy giant jumping rats
    Hypogeomys antimena

    Malagasy giant jumping rat

    The largest rodent in Madagascar, the giant jumping rat lives in burrows of complex tunnels.

  • Nightlife at the Zoo