By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Videographer / director: International Animal Rescue
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: Jay Sohrabi
Wildlife officials and International Animal Rescue seized 30 slow lorises during four separate confiscations in January 2016, September 2016, october 2016 and January 2017.
Many had their teeth clipped and they were in a distressed state after being packed into tiny, cramped cages.
Nur Purba Priambada, the Veterinary Coordinator at IAR’s Primate Rehabilitation Centre said: “Several of them have wounds, probably from bites after being crammed together in small crates and they are all extremely stressed.”
After being torn from their natural habitats slow lorises are sold to dealers for roughly £3, who then sell them as pets for between £12.50 and £31.
Even though owning, trafficking or capturing slow lorises as pets is illegal in Indonesia, the pet trade continues to thrive and social media is incredibly being utilised by animal traffickers to trade protected wildlife.
After several months of rehabilitation, IAR and the National Park Office of Mount Ciremai released the 18 females and 12 males into Mount Ciremai National Park in West Java on May 11.
All of the slow lorises will be tracked for up to a year to gather data on their movements and behaviour and to ensure that they are thriving in the forest.
An estimated 30% of slow lorises caught from the wild die due to stress, dehydration and injuries before they are ever sold.
The constant trafficking of the precious primates has put them at number 25 on the list of most critically endangered primates.