Nycticebus pygmaeus

Range: Borneo and southern Phillipines through Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, northeast India, southern China, and Thailand

Habitat: Tropical/subtropical rainforests and bamboo thickets

Conservation status: Vulnerable

Lesser Slow Loris

  • • Class: Mammalia; Order: Primates; Family: Lorisidae
    • Has suffered much because of habitat disruption caused by military activities in Vietnam and Laos.
    • Primitive primate
    • Arboreal; prefer the tops of trees. Thumb is almost at right angles to the other fingers and the great toe is placed similarly, making grasping relatively effortless.
    • Nocturnal--check the large eyes
    • Spends the night hunting for eggs, insects, lizards, small mammals, and fruits (opportunistic carnivore)
    • Although it appears to move slowly, it is capable of rapidly striking out for its prey.
    • Srongly territorial; the male will not tolerate the presence of another male. Territories are marked with urine.
    • Females have an estrous cycle of 37 to 54 days and are receptive for 5-6 days. Gestation period is approximately 193 days. Usually only one young is born in the open, not in a nest. Infant is carried by mother, perhaps father. Nursing continues for up to 9 months.
    • These animals may live 12-14 years.

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