A month and a half ago, Duke Lemur Center welcomed newborn twin Pygmy Slow Loris. They are the same species as theTarsier we have in Bohol, Philippines that’s why they sort of look alike and about the same size.
The vulnerable Pygmy Slow Loris is a nocturnal tree dweller that lives up to its name, moving in slow-motion while hunting prey. While they may look cute and cuddly (thermo-nuclearly cute if you ask us) this animal has a toxic bite, a very rare trait amongst mammals. Widespread poaching for the pet trade and use in traditional medicines sold in China has put a tremendous strain on the species in its native home of Southeast Asia.
Photos by Duke Lemur Center and David Haring