Bangladesh Slow Loris Research Team got a special order from Conservator of Forest Zahidul Kabir Sir through Wildlife Inspector Abdullah As Sadique that a Bengal Slow Loris has caught in Durgapur Upazila of Netrokona District and we’ll have to go to rescue the individual.
3 members of Bangladesh Slow Loris Research and conservation Project went to location and were able to rescue a little-injured animal. The team got hurt learning how people thought about this cutest animal. The team made an informal public awareness campaign among the crowd towards conserving the wildlife and what is their duty if another accident happens in the area. However, the team got some more sorrowful news which will let know the wildlife crime control unit. Probably the Loris was escaped from Local wildlife trader according to prediction of a few local people. Finding a loris in an semi-urban area doesn’t indicate good issues. Probably it reveals a group of wildlife trader is active in the area and it’s pathetic.
Worldwide Bengal Slow Loris is vulnerable due to wide array of threats like pet trade, hunting for bushmeat, habitat destruction, fragmentation, various disturbance activities into the habitats etc. Lacking enough ecological data creates a situations where the implementation of perfect conservation actions difficult. Bangladesh Slow Loris Research team is trying to overcome the problem collecting baseline data in northeastern Bangladesh and initiating conservation actions.
Rescue and Release:
Carrying the Loris from Netrokona to Habigonj (about 150 km) was tough through local transport, hopefully, the team made it possible. Satchari National Park has a good population of the species and the project has been working here for about 2 years. As the loris was little injured and it was needed treatment. The team gave antiseptic and decide to observe it’s behaviour for a night at least in instantly made artificial ground. They gave the most prefered foods (based on their research; unpublished).
The animal was active and normal which helped to make a decision to release it in the wild. In the very morning, they released the individual with help of Park Ranger and Beat Officer in their pre-selected location. The loris was marked temporarily before releasing so that they can able to identify that for post-releasing observations.
A report is preparing to submit Bangladesh Forest Department with details of local people’s attitude towards the animal, prediction of wildlife trading in the area and release. The report will help policy makers to develop effective conservation strategies.