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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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This is a female slow loris (700g) from IAR wildlife rescue center in Ciapus, Indonesia.

For almost two months the loris has a deep laceration on the plantar side of the hand with 2 fingers been amputated due to a fight with another peer. The laceration affected the finger tendons, and from the 3 renaming fingers, only the big thumb is functional.  It was been given systemically NSAIDs (carpofen) and antibiotics (clindomicyn) for most of this period, without any improvement. It seems that laceration in lorises tend to have a very low healing rate. It was considered the amputation of the hand, but due to the climbing behavior of the lorises and the fact that the remaining fingers were still vascularised, it was considered to try saving the hand. So, for the last three weeks the animal had the hand properly cleaned up and daily a soft bandage was changed.  The animal had to be put under Isoflurane anesthesia, due to the pain caused by the intervention and  lorises particular strength and difficulty of hand restrain.

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