Area of zoo
Enclosure status
Population in the wild
IUCN status
Scientific name
Loris tardigradus
Southern India and Sri Lanka

Slender loris facts

These lorises climb extremely slowly and cautiously along branches to avoid attracting the attention of predators or alerting their insect prey. Lorises approach their prey silently suddenly grabbing it with one or both hands.

The slender loris gets its name from having thin arms and legs. They have gigantic saucer-like brown eyes that dominate their faces and a short second digit and toe that they use to grasp branches like a thumb.

Slender loris in trees

What do slender lorises eat?

Insects, small reptiles, birds and eggs.

Slender loris threats

Habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, At the slightest sound or movement the loris freezes and stays perfectly still until danger has passed.

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    Daubentonia madagascariensis


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    Alaotran gentle lemur

    Alaotran gentle lemur

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    Lemur catta

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    Saimiri boliviensis

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    Ateles paniscus paniscus

    Red-faced spider monkey

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