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Pygmy slow loris

Nycticebus pygmaeus

The Pygmy slow loris is the smallest member of the loris family. Apart from being the only venomous primate, they have another very unusual trait for a primate... They cannot jump! The Pygmy slow loris moves around the forest always holding onto branches: they have hands specially adapted for this and have incredible core strength for reaching and leaning.


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Habitat & threats


The pet trade has had a huge impact on the number of Pygmy slow lorises in the wild. Although it is illegal to remove them from the forest and trade in them, the laws designed to keep them in place are very hard to enforce and often are not. Lorises are a very sought after ingredient in traditional medicines and are taken in huge numbers from their natural habitat.

The Pygmy slow loris has specialised teeth (dentition) for gouging sap from trees. They also have seasonal weight gain, getting larger in the winter. Pygmy slow lorises are not solitary but during breeding season the females will start to act rather aggressively towards the males.