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Lorises urgently need better protection against all kinds of illegal trade.

Confiscated loris
Photo: ProAnimalia International / Femke den Haas
...... Help is needed for wild animals who are victims of  illegal trade, for instance in Indonesia

A profit margin of billions of US$ per year from the worldwide trade with wild animals, pets and parts of animals fuels a brutal business leading to accelerated vanishing of rare and threatened species. In 2004 alone, a total number 4200 wild animals have been rescued or confiscated in Indonesia and brought to rescue stations. Animals concerned were for instance orangutans, gibbons, lorises and other primates, but also deer and birds like kites or eagles and other threatened animals. See some consequences of illegal wildlife trade and other threat in our website and a report about business in the Indonesian animal markets by International Animal Rescue
Many of the animals confiscated on markets or airports are sick or wounded, some have bullet wounds or broken bones, many need pain killers and other medicine. The lorises face a particularly brutal fate since their teeth are broken out making them unable to defend themselves when sold and abused as pets. Some of the confiscated primates are still babies that need to be handreared. 

See also an online report about YouTube videos fuelling poaching and trade for human entertainment at http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-01-25/how-youtube-fame-is-killing-the-cute-slow-loris
Law enforcement including public awareness campains is necessary as the next step after transferring all slow lorises to CITES I, with trade prohibited in 2007. One of the preconditions for measures against illegal wildlife trade is support of rescue facilities in the native countries of species which make confiscations possible. Money and donated equipment are needed for rescue, veterinary treatment and rehabilitation. Such measures may also diminish the danger of disease transmission by illegal animal exports.
Support is also needed for research assuring that conservation measures are adequate, such as taxonomic research and monitored reintroductions assuring that both the animals concerned and the last free populations benefit from chosen measures instead of being threatened by them.


.How you can help
... Please help!.


Donations for loris conservation and rescue

Dr. Anna Nekaris from Oxford Brookes University, a leading loris researcher (see publication list) and conservationist since many years, at present launches another fundraising campaign to help the lorises.
For information see her introductory project page about her "Little fireface" rescue project established in connection with the BBC film production "Jungle Gremlins of Java", or go directly to her page "Help the loris".
You can donate via the donations page established by Oxford Brookes University. 

Help for rescued wild animals from illegal trade in Indonesia

See websites about the work of former ProFauna Indonesia / ProAnimalia, now run as a project of IAR (International Animal Rescue), for information about slow loris rescue in Indonesia, launching of a new project in Indonesia in 2006 and supporting a rescue facility for lorises and other primate species, the Ciapus primate centre (see also http://www.loris-conservation.org/database/rescue_centers.html#Indonesia). Confiscations are the basic means to diminish the brutal illegal pet trade, and the confiscated animals need help, adequate food and treatment.

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center in Vietnam

is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of the endangered primates of Vietnam. The center has no steady income. In addition to costs for animal rescue, care and other tasks, typhoons in the past caused considerable damage; high costs for repair were necessary. Donations help. See the EPRC web page for contact: http://www.primatecenter.org/help.htm

Help for improving this website

This website is supposed to provide information for free for conservation, rescue facilities, research and education. Photos and new information which can be used for these aims are generally appreciated. For an identification key for lorises and pottos, which may help to reintroduce confiscated animals to their proper habitats, for instance photos of lorises and pottos with information about exact geographic origin would be valuable. Information please to the compiler of these pages. Contributions are of course used with the author´s / photographer´s name quoted, meaning a kind of coauthorship.

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