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Slow lorises (Nycticebus spp.) are listed as vulnerable or endangered (IUCN Red List) endemic primate species in Indonesia, heavily hunted for the pet trade. During a six-months-period of medical assistance at IAR Ciapus primate center – West Java, a series of Slow Loris uncommon pathologies were reported.

(the following is the ppt. presentation we gave at the International Conference of Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals, 8-11 May, Vienna- Austria )

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The slow loris is a small primitive nocturnal primate, the only “poisonous” primate which can excrete a toxin underneath its armpit, “deliver” it with the bite which may lead to anaphylactic shock.
When sold as pets in order to reduce the risk of bites , it is a comune practice for people to cut their sharp teeth.
The species is under serious threat of extinction as a result of habitat loss, illegal trade for pets and for traditional medicine. Because of its “cute” appearance, the illegal wildlife trade is believed to be an even bigger threat to the slow loris’s survival than habitat loss.
The Javan slow loris is included in the category of ‘endangered’ species on the IUCN Red List and named as one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world.

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The NGO : International Animal Rescue has established a facility specializing in the care of slow lorises in Ciapus, West Java, Indonesia.
The team here focuses on the rehabilitation and release of the slow loris , long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques. Is the only rehab station of its kind in Indonesia. It shelters around 100 rescued slow lorises.
The centre has a fully equipped veterinary clinic, quarantine enclosures, primate socialization enclosures and a public education centre.

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So, we’re (almost) back from holidays, and it is time to post an article that is already long due. It was published in the last EAZWV newsletter this year and it tells the “story” of the latest EAZWV conference from the point of view of a student.

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May was an unexpectedly crazy month for me this year and I barely had two quiet days in a row. It seems that May has the highest conference/congress/symposia density per unit of time and, like any other passionate (ok, geeky) student, I tried to take part at least in some. Of course that my neat and organized Austrian schedule went right down the drain, and turned into a chaos. I had to reschedule a whole week of clinical rotation, 4 courses and at least 3 assistants and professors heard my apologies on why I wouldn’t be able to attend their lectures…But I made it (I think…).

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May was an unexpectedly crazy month for me this year and I barely had two quiet days in a row. It seems that May has the highest conference/congress/symposia density per unit of time and, like any other passionate (ok, geeky) student, I tried to take part at least in some. Of course that my neat and organized Austrian schedule went right down the drain, and turned into a chaos. I had to reschedule a whole week of clinical rotation, 4 courses and at least 3 assistants and professors heard my apologies on why I will not be able to attend their lectures…But I made it (I think…).

Our first journey was only an hour and a half away from Vienna, where I study. Very well prepared for a mountain expedition, with tent, sleeping bangs and a ton of food supplies, we went off to learn some surgery…

CAZWV, the Czech spin-off of EAZWV, organizes a conference in Brno every 2 years on specific topics. In 2007 the theme was exotic small animal dentistry, and this year, between 30th of April and 3rd of May, Brno hosted talks about soft tissue surgery.

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Leipzig… a quiet little German town where campings are ridiculously expensive and young lads walk around in the middle of the night, day, morning, (or through the whole day for that matter) drinking their brains out on the streets. Yeah, I know, it was some sort of a holiday, but nevertheless, it was interesting to see so many totally wasted people on the streets.

For tight-student budget reasons we stayed in a camping, in tents. In times like these, you get to appreciate the quality of your tent and sleeping bags. After 4 nights in the tent, at 5ºC, you start to feel your true age.

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This happended last year, in May 2008, and since we are about to get on the road again, I thought it’s worth remembering:

Ovidiu was waiting for the EAZWV congress for month. He was almost too excited (even for him). I have to admit I wasn’t… Still under the influence of my “middle study crisis”, I guess… And the thought of spending 150 euros on 2 days and a half of boring lectures was quite appalling. But I’m glad I didn’t back out.

So the story begins…

We made the long journey to Leipzig with Ovidiu’s poor car. I’m saying “poor” because it was filled up to the extent that one more jar of pickles would’ve produced an implosion on it’s own weight. To cut the costs we decided to take two friends of Ovidiu’s who were trying to make a cheap, short holiday, so their luggage added up… so we had 5 huge rucksacks (5 because a lady always carries a bit more attire…), 1 huge paraglider (took up half the trunk), tons of food, 2 tents, sleeping bags, mum’s cookies, home made “pasca”, veggie “drob”, etc etc etc… You can imagine.

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