Conserving the Slender Loris (Loris lydekkerianus lydekkerianus)

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Book Chapters


Proceedings of the National Seminar on Conservation of Eastern Ghats, Environment Protection Training Research Institute, Hyderabad, p.227–231 (2002)



deforestation, Endangered, Environmental stress, slender loris, Socioecology


The slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus) is a shy nocturnal prosimian that is found in the dry and wet forests of the Western and Eastern Ghats. Hunting, trapping, and forest fragmentation have greatly reduced its numbers to pocket populations and urgent conservation measures are required to ensure its survival. The behavioural ecology of the lydekkerianus subspecies of the slender loris was studied for 21 months in a scrub jungle in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. Data was collected on its home range and ranging patterns, activity budget and habitat use, social and reproductive behaviour and infant development. In this report, information is presented on its activity budget, diet, habitat use, ranging pattern, sexual behaviour and migration. These aspects of its socioecology are being discussed here because of their particular relevance in forming management strategies for the conservation of the