Archive | May, 2011

May 2011 – Pygmy Loris confiscated

With our support the Forest Protection Department Thanh Hoa in Vietnam was able to release a confiscated Pygmy Loris back into the wild on 30 May 2011.

Pgymy loris are nocturnal animals, living in the tropical dry forests of Vietnam, western Laos, Cambodia and southern China. This loris were nearly wiped out during extensive burning, clearing and defoliating of forests in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

In Viet Nam, the Pygmy Loris is heavily exploited for traditional “medicine” as well as for the pet trade, at levels that are not sustainable; it is also used as a food source by many. The species has been recently transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I of CITES.