A Javan slow loris observes its surroundings after its release in the Tampomas conservation forest in Sumedang, West Java, on Jan. 20, 2019. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Turning Over a New Leaf
BY : YUDHA BASKORO
JANUARY 30, 2019
International Animal Rescue, an animal welfare nonprofit organization based in the United Kingdom, released 34 Javan slow lorises (Nycticebus javanicus) back into the wild in the Tampomas conservation forest in Sumedang, West Java, on Jan. 20 following their rescue from illegal traders earlier this month.
Police in nearby Majalengka initially confiscated 69 of the nocturnal primates native to Central and West Java, but three did not survive due to poor health.
The population of Javan slow lorises is in sharp decline due to poaching. The animals are prized by locals who believe they possess magical and curative properties, but most are sold as exotic pets.
The Javan slow loris is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The species is also protected under Indonesian law.