Pygmy slow loris in exhibit

Pygmy Slow Loris

Scientific Name

Nycticebus pygmaeus

Class

Mammalia

Order

Primates

Range

Vietnam, Laos, China, Thailand, and Cambodia

Habitat

Forests and bamboo thickets

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Pygmy slow loris in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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Physical Description

Less than a foot long, pygmy slow lorises are most easily identified by their huge brown eyes, which help them spot prey in the dark. Their short brown-and-gray coat varies from individual to individual. They have opposable thumbs and strong hands and feet that help them climb trees—albeit very slowly. These primates are nocturnal and arboreal, foraging and hunting in the trees at night. They eat insects, tree gum, small fauna, fruit, and flower nectar.

Interesting Fact 1

While hunting, pygmy slow lorises remain motionless until their prey comes within striking distance.

Interesting Fact 2

Their specialized extremities allow them to hang from branches for extended periods.

Interesting Fact 3

Slow lorises are the only primates with a venomous bite, which they use to defend themselves against rivals and predators.

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