Pueblo Zoo welcomes two Pygmy Slow Lorises

January 28, 2014

This young couple replaces our elderly lorises, Bonnie and Clyde, who passed away last year. Mihn, the male, comes to us from Albuquerque while Pima is from the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas. We hope that they will have chemistry in the next breeding season (July/August). Come say "hi" to them in the Tropical Rainforest.

 

Some facts about the Pygmy Slow Loris:

 

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

 

  • 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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