ESR 25:69-77 (2014)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00599

The conservation status of slow lorises Nycticebus spp. in Singapore

S. D. Fam1,6,7,*, B. P. Y-H. Lee2,3, M. Shekelle1,4,5

1Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119077, Singapore
2Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NR, UK
3National Parks Board, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, Singapore
4Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98229-6045, USA
5Primate Research Institute for Cognition and Ecology, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750, Republic of Korea
6Present address: School of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
7Present address: South-east Asian Biodiversity Society, 504 Choa Chu Kang Street 51, Singapore 680504, Singapore
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ABSTRACT: Historically, the greater slow loris Nycticebus coucang has proven to be an elusive animal in Singapore, evading even the prolific British colonial animal collectors. In recent decades, sightings of the slow loris have increased remarkably, and these have coincided with an increase in nocturnal surveys. Past trade-record discrepancies, as well as the sighting in the wild of a non-native slow loris species, point to the importance of Singapore for global slow loris conservation. The first ever ecological survey is documented in this paper, highlighting the difficulty of studying the slow loris in the wild, in habitats hemmed in by urban development, as well as the urgency of further work on Singapore’s most poorly studied primate.


KEY WORDS: Nycticebus · Trade · Trafficking · Ecology · Singapore · Conservation


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Cite this article as: Fam SD, Lee BPYH, Shekelle M (2014) The conservation status of slow lorises Nycticebus spp. in Singapore. Endang Species Res 25:69-77. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00599

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