Bengal Slow Loris Nycticebus bengalensis

Bengal Slow Loris Nycticebus bengalensis - Asia 1

Bengal Slow Loris Nycticebus bengalensis


Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bangladesh

The Bengal Slow Loris are wide-eyed beauties that are arboreal and nocturnal and live in tropical evergreen rainforest, semi-evergreen forest, and mixed deciduous forest. In Vietnam they are found only in secondary forests, and on the edge of primary forests; the species also occurs in agricultural fields and plantations (V. Thanh pers. comm., Pliosongnoen et al. 2010, Kumar et al. 2014). They range from sea level (U. Streicher pers. comm.) up to 2,400 m (Choudhury 2001).

The Bengal Slow Loris are shy wide-eyed beauties that are arboreal, nocturnal and live in tropical rainforest. You can help protect them with a #palmoil #boycott4wildlife and by creating #art for this species. Visit our website for more

In Cambodia, N. bengalensis has been observed in dipterocarp and evergreen forest (Mould 2013, Eam Sam Un 2014) and community forests (Eam Sam Un 2014). In India, they are found in semi-evergreen, evergreen and mixed deciduous forest (Das 2005, 2009, 2014; Pliosungnoen 2014).

The major threats that this species’ habitat faces include farming, timber removal, human settlement, road building, dams, power lines, fragmentations, soil loss and erosion, and deliberately set fires.

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In Laos, the species is found often in protected evergreen forests (Evans 2000, Coudrat 2012), and have also been observed in plantation forests (Pliosungnoen unpublished data) and bamboo stands (Streicher pers. comm). The Bengal Slow Loris can live in heavily disturbed agricultural areas if suitable foods are available. They are hunted and traded for food, traditional “medicine”, sport, and as pet (Molur et al. 2003, Nekaris and Nijman 2007, V. Thanh and U. Streicher pers. comm., Kumar et al. 2014).

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Further Information

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Nekaris, K.A.I., Al-Razi, H., Blair, M., Das, N., Ni, Q., Samun, E., Streicher, U., Xue-long, J. & Yongcheng, L. 2020. Nycticebus bengalensis (errata version published in 2020). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T39758A179045340. Downloaded on 08 February 2021.

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