After watching a programme about the plight of the Slow Loris in Java on BBC2 last night, image 026 is of a male Bornean Slow Loris I was lucky enough to see and photograph in a rehabilitation centre in Borneo. Although protected by law, Slow Loris are cruelly being taken from the wild to be sold as pets in markets in the exotic pet trade. The ‘cuteness’ of these animals is unfortunately linked to how popular they are as pets and therefore growing supply and demand of these creatures is playing a role with their rapid demise in the wild. The Natural World programme with Dr Anna Nekaris can be seen again on BBC iPlayer here.
Unlike the Slow Loris in Java this fortunate individual will be released back into the wild.
More images of this species can be found on my agency website here: ALAMY
Bornean Slow loris, Nycticebus menagensis, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia, April, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 lens.