IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
Lesser Slow Loris occurs in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (the species is also reported locally from China, but it stays unclear if these specimens are of wild or captive origin). The wild population continues to decline. The main threats include hunting for food and use in traditional medicine, pet trade and habitat loss due to agriculture.
■ Listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species since 1988.
■ Captive population data are recorded in International Studbook, it is kept by Zoological Society of San Diego.
■ Within EAZA, a Lesser Slow Loris EEP (Endangered Species Programme) was established in 1992, it is coordinated by Zoo Poznan.
■ Listed in Appendix I of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
More about Lesser Slow Lorises at Riga Zoo:
Lazdāne K., Gulbe E., Petrovs P. 2003. Mazā lora vairošanas programmas 10 gadi Rīgas zooloģiskajā dārzā (Lesser slow lorises at Riga Zoo – 10 years history). – Rīgas Nacionālais zooloģiskais dārzs 2002. P. 58–61. (In Latvian, with English summary.)
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Mammalia – mammals
■ Order Primates – primates
■ Family Lorisidae – lorisids (lorises, pottos, angwantibos)
■ Species Nycticebus pygmaeus – Lesser Slow Loris