The Sunda Slow Loris was seen during Wildlife Research

You can never tell what’s hiding in the forest.

Mommy Rhey | Sept. 24, 2021 | 253 reads
The Sunda Slow Loris was seen during Wildlife Research
Credit: nparks.gov.sg

The Sunda Slow Loris belongs to the endangered species in Singapore, along with the Flat-headed cat, Malayan Tiger, Cream-coloured giant squirrel, Banded Leaf Monkey, Red Giant Flying Squirrel, Sunda Clouded Leopard, Indo-Chinese Leopard, Malayan Tapir, Barking Deer, Fawn Leaf-nosed bat, White-bellied Woodpecker, Pangolin and others.

There have been recent sightings of endangered animals, such as the Pangolin.

A few weeks ago, John Lee was out for the night. Hoping to saw some snakes for his wildlife research until he saw a Sunda Slow Loris. He was amazed at how his research turned out, such an opportunity to witness and personally take few images.

In his interview in Stomp, he said "The big surprise was none other than the encounter of the critically endangered and rare greater slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) also known as Sunda slow loris,".

“While in search of a snake, I suddenly felt the presence of something above the tree that I was standing next to. To my shock and disbelief, an animal that I have been looking forward to finding and searching for over the past 20 years of wildlife exploration in Singapore finally appeared in front of me and it is now in my list of records for rare animal sightings.”

According to the National Parks, Sunda Slow Loris is the only venomous primate in Singapore. As it produces a yellow secretion inside of its elbow through its glands and combines to their saliva that forms as venom. It is known for being nocturnal and arboreal (they jump or climb into the trees to transfer into another place).

The Sunda Slow Loris in Singapore has dark stripes down to its back which makes it different from other Sundra Loris. They can be found in Bukit Timah Natural reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Singapore. They are also been seen in countries such as Malaysia, Sumatra, and Thailand.

Though there are laws and conservations that are built to protect these species they are still traded illegally. In reports, they are sold as exotic pets, traditional medicine, or sometimes killed as crop pests which caused the large decreasing number of its population.

If you want to take a glimpse of other animal sightings in Singapore, you can visit a Facebook group named Singapore Wildlife Sightings. There are people who upload photos such as snakes, hornbills, monkeys, lizards, Dark Morph Hawk-eagle, and some sea otters.

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