By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

A RECORD number of slow lorises have been returned to the wild following their rescue and rehabilitation

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Videographer / director: International Animal Rescue
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: Jay Sohrabi

Slow lorises are nocturnal primates found in south east Asia

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.

Lorises are sold to dealers for roughly £3 and then as pets for ten times the price

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.”

The slow lorises will be tracked in the wild for up to a year to monitor their progress

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.

Researchers also hope to find out more about their movements and behaviour in the wild

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.

After a slow start the lorises ventured out of their travel boxes and into their new habitat

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.

Hundreds of slow lorises are sold as pets in illegal markets every year

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.