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.