Bangka Slow Loris Nycticebus bancanus

Bangka Slow Loris Nycticebus bancanus

Bangka Slow Loris Nycticebus bancanus

Critically Endangered

Extant (resident)

Indonesia (Sumatera)


Bangka slow lorises are also threatened by exploitation and the illegal wildlife trade. However, this risk will be less since Bangka is relatively isolated from other Indonesian islands.

This species was last reported from the wild in 1937. If the Bangka Slow Loris is still alive then the burning of their habitat and conversion to agriculture (especially palm oil plantations) is their greatest threat.

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Slow lorises are often caught during forest conversion due to their tendency to cling to trees rather than flee (Nekaris and Starr, 2015), meaning that they may still be traded illegally for their body parts or for the illegal pet trade. A lack of law enforcement further threatens slow loris species across their range (Nijman et al. 2014).

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The pint-sized and cute primates Bangka #Slowloris is critically endangered from #palmoil #deforestation. Just 20% of their rainforest remains on Bangka island, #Indonesia. Help them and be #vegan #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

Bangka Slow Loris Nycticebus bancanus


The Bangka Slow Loris, just like other slow lorises Nycticebus spp. are nocturnal and arboreal. They are found in a range of habitats from heavily degraded to pristine rainforest, plantations, and lowland and montane forests and thus they should also still live in forest patches on the island (Nekaris, 2014).


They primarily eat tree gum, nectar, and fruit and insects. A potential deterrent to would-be predators is their toxic bite.

Bangka Slow Loris Nycticebus bancanus


In 2018 a study was conducted into a population of Bangka Slow Lorises on the island of Bangka in southwestern Borneo – the only location where they are found.

They were originally considered to be a sub-species of the Bornean slow loris. However, they were given full species status in 2013 when a study showed that they have distinctive facial markings.

If the Bangka Slow Loris is alive they are likely to be rapidly declining due to a loss of habitat, largely due to oil palm plantations, leaving Bangka with less than 20% of its forest cover.


Protecting the Bangka Slow Loris would also protect many other plant and animal species throughout Asia

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Further Information


Nekaris, K.A.I. & Marsh, C. 2020. Nycticebus bancanusThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T163015864A163015867. Accessed on 07 September 2022.

Bangka Slow Loris Nycticebus bancanus

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