Scientists Locate Rare Sri Lankan Primate Slender Loris
Published: Jul 20, 2021
It was thought to be extinct, but the a rare Sri Lankan forest slender loris has been found 60 years later.
Rare Sri Lankan primate has been spotted. The Sri Lankan forest has unveiled an endangered primate known as the slender loris. Scientists once believed the rare primate had gone extinct in the Sri Lankan region.
"Nearly 1,000 nocturnal surveys have been completed in 120 different forest areas looking for all loris species to assess their status, ecological needs and current threats," Saman Gamage, research leader, said in a statement. "We are now conducting further studies to establish whether the Horton Plains slender loris could even be a species in its own right." The Horton Plains slender loris was seen in the forests of central Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan is a forest area that contains endangered wildlife because of logging, agriculture, and human settlement. The red slender loris has been classified as endangered and listed on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Until this sighting, this particular subspecies had been spotted only four times since 1937.
Primates of this kind had no sightings from 1939 until 2002. That led many scientists to believe that the animal had become extinct. "We are thrilled to have captured the first ever photographs and prove its continued existence - especially after its 65 year disappearing act," ZSL conservation biologist Craig Turner said in a statement. "This is the first time we have been able to conduct such a close examination of the Horton Plains slender loris."
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