The loris is a small nocturnal primate. They live in trees and come out at night to hunt insects, small birds and reptiles. There are two species of loris in Vietnam, the slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) and the pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus).
Both species are threatened by hunting and trade, largely to support the demand for these cute and cuddly creatures as pets, though they are also used in traditional medicine.
A Hanoi resident turns over two lorises to ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit after hearing ENV advertisements on the Voice of Vietnam radio program, urging citizens to help fight wildlife crime.
Lorises stretched out on a cross are sold at a traditional medicine market in Phnom Penh.
Photo by ENV
The image of this loris behind bars was part of ENV’s “Don’t Buy Me” campaign, which urged people not to buy lorises and other wildlife as pets.
Another loris turned in to ENV in January 2008, one of dozens rescued over the last few years.
Photo by ENV
A loris rescued from Bac Ha market in Lao Cai province before it was transferred to the Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center.
Photo by Hung
Lorises waiting to be sold at Hanoi’s Dong Xuan market in 2005, a year before market authorities and the ENV Wildlife Crime Unit succeeded in closing the wildlife market for good.
Photo: Liz Bennett