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Rescue of a Bengal Slow Loris from Durgapur, Netrokona: Are wildlife traders active in northern Bangladesh border area?

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 They gave the most prefered foods (based on their research; unpublished).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.

Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis)

The Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) is locally known as ‘Lajjabati Banar’ in Bangladesh and NE India what is in English shy monkey probably due to it’s cryptic and nocturnal habits. Considered vulnerable globally, however in Bangladesh it is inferred that 50% of it’s population has declined over the last two decades and now considered as Endangered locally. Wide array of threats like pet trade, hunting for bush meat, habitat destruction, fragmentation, various disturbance activities into the habitats etc. pressing this adorable animal in danger and denoting the needs of conservation measures. But lacking enough ecological and population data conservation approaches are not being implemented effectively. It is protected according to several wildlife acts within it’s distribution and included in the CITES Appendix – II.

Bangladesh Slow Loris Research and Conservation Project is working to figure out ways of conservation through bio-ecological researches of Slow loris including it’s population density, behavioral activities, habitat use, feeding habits, associations with other animals, disturbances and fragmentation effects, other threats etc. Currently researchers are working in a mixed evergreen forest (Satchari National Park) of North-eastern Bangladesh close to Tripura of India. T hope to spread our work in the entire habitats of NE Bangladesh to conserve this illusive animal. And a sister project is going on population status and ecology of Particolored Flying Squirrel (Hylopetes alboniger) in the same area which initiates flying squirrel research in Bangladesh. The squirrel species is Endangered in Bangladesh and virtually another poorly known species.

To see images and videos of loris and other nocturnal animals please visit project’s Facebook page.

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