Slow lorises on TV
When a “ticklish” slow loris took YouTube by storm a few years back, it was a disaster for the species. By promoting the idea that these “cute” little nocturnal primates make great pets, the video certainly fueled the illegal trade in these animals.
Hopefully, a couple of TV shows within the next week will help counteract some of that damage. Tonight (November 16) the director of The Little Fireface Project, Dr. Anna Nekaris, will be appearing on ABC Nightline at 11:35 p.m. with a program entitled “Cuteness Curse: Slow Loris YouTube Videos Fuel Illegal Animal Trade.” And on November 20, the Animal Planet cable/satellite channel will air an episode called “Frontier Earth” at 8:00 p.m. that will also feature Anna’s work. (Both times are U.S. Eastern time.) The Little Fireface Project is dedicated to the conservation of slow lorises, and IPPL has been happy to help support this fine organization through our Small Grants Program.
Here at IPPL, we will also be raising funds for slow loris conservation by selling some lovely cotton batik loris bandanas, handmade in Indonesia, where slow lorises are native. All proceeds from the sales of these handicrafts will go to the Little Fireface Project. We hope to have them featured in our online store next week. Domestic orders: $10 each or 3 (one of each design) for $25; overseas pricing: $12 each or 3 (one of each design) for $30). Quantities will be limited!