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Pygmy Slow Loris

Zoo Location: Forest
Pygmy Slow Loris
Habitat

Tropical rainforest.

Wild Diet

Insects, fruit, gums and small vertebrates.

Behaviour

The pygmy slow loris is nocturnal, sleeping by day while gripping a branch with its hands and feet. Its grasp is so strong that the animal can hang by one leg and feed in this position.

Breeding

After a gestation of 180-193 days a single youngster is born. The female carries the baby for several days after which she deposits it on a branch (baby parking), collecting it later in the night or the following morning.

Threats

Habitat destruction and hunting for the pet trade.

Conservation

This species has a high priority for conservation breeding. Paignton Zoo is part of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP) which is managed by Poznan Zoo, Poland. 

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Nycticebus pygmaeus
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Lorisidae
  • Conservation status: Vulnerable
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