This is the First Horton Plains Slender Loris Ever Photographed


Thought to be extinct from 1939 to 2002, when someone reported a sighting, the Horton Plains slender loris had never been photographed, until now.

Wired reports

"The 2002 report inspired the Zoological Society of London and a team of Sri Lankan researchers to launch an effort to find the 8-inch-long primate.

After 200 hours of searching, they captured the first ever pictures of the creature, which were released Monday.

'The discovery improves our knowledge of this species, but we need to focus our efforts on the conservation and restoration of the remaining montane forest where this species still exists,' conservation biologist Dr. Craig Turner of the Zoological Society of London said in a press release. 'Currently this accounts for less than 1 percent of the land area of Sri Lanka.'

The Horton Plains slender loris is a subspecies of the red slender loris. It is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List."

Long live the loris!

Posted July 20, 2010 at 9:30am ETC by Andy Towle
in Nature, News, Sri Lanka