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!


  1. virgoboy says

    I’m commenting on this for many reasons, not the least of which is, I appreciate you posting stories relating to science and nature on your blog, Andy. At least you have a picture of this creature with the story which is more than what other websites reporting on this animal have. Thank You!

  2. jamal49 says

    One hopes that this creature’s habitat can be secured. After reading the other day about the murder of the last female white rhino by poachers, one can only be saddened by this slaughter to extinction of another species.