About Anna

Professor Anna Nekaris

Prof Anna Nekaris is a Professor in Anthropology and Primate Conservation studying the unique group of evolutionary distinct primates known as the Asian lorises.  Her studies cover all ten species, including five she named or elevated from subspecies.  Anna is the Course Tutor for the highly acclaimed MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, Director of the Little Fireface Project and Convenor of the Nocturnal Primate Research Group. She completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of Missouri Columbia,USA in 1993, followed by a Certificat d’Universite de Primatologie from the Universite de Louis Pasteur Strasbourg France in 1994 and her PhD in Anthropology at Washington University St Louis, USA in 2000.

Anna’s research on lorises ranges from behavioural ecology in zoos, rescue centres and in the wild, museum studies, genetics, acoustics, taxonomy, conservation education and now a novel study of chemical ecology and how this bizarre primate is one of the only mammals that produces venom.  Despite reports of this extraordinary phenomenon 40 years ago, virtually nothing is known about how slow lorises use venom. Go to the next tab to see her publications.

Of her more than 60 postgraduate students, over 25 of Anna’s MSc, MRes, MPhil and PhD students, including from range countries, have completed research on lorises. Anna has a world-wide association with rescue centres, field stations, and zoos with need of advice regarding lorises.  Anna’s advice has also been sought when an illegal YouTube video of a pet loris, which violated international legislation, became viral reaching over 12 million hits.  Lorises are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species therefore Anna campaigned on over 800 radio stations and television programmes to urge YouTube to remove this illegal video –  it is one example of how her research has worldwide impact.

Anna hopes her research will convince people that lorises do not make good pets.  They are wild animals.  All species of loris are threatened with extinction.  Some are amongst the rarest primates on the planet.  It is her hope that they can remain in the forest for as long as possible so we can learn more about these most unique primates.

Watch Anna help to rescue a pet slow loris

 

20 thoughts on “About Anna

    • I REALLY HOPE THIS PET TRADE CAN BE STOPPED!! BUT THE SECURITY OF THESE POOR CREATURES ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS THESE COUNTRIES STRICT LAWS!! EXTREME
      HIGH FINES SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE AND JAIL TIME!! ALSO I COULD NOT SIGN THE PETITION, THERE WAS NO PAGE!!

  1. Hiya,
    I’m a Conservation Biology student from the UK and currently I’m doing an assignment on Conservation Strategies. The species I chose to do my assignment on was the Javan Slow Loris. Basically every journal I read has your name attached to it somewhere, every video I watch there’s a mention of you in in. I think you’re an inspiration Anna, you’re carrying out the sort of work I dream of being involved in. It makes me proud that there are people like you in the world!
    Thank-you for being a hero! x

  2. I came across a video on CNN of the “world’s cutest animal” – a video of a Loris eating a rice ball. After some poking around, reading about these admittedly cute creatures, I came across your webpage and videos. Thank you so much for all that you do – for educating the world, including myself, on the plight of these animals.

  3. You are doing such important work. I will help in any way I can. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job.

  4. Protecting our animal and it’s hebitart today may be saving our world for the future.This beautiful planet is belong to all speaces.Our human activety have caused damage to the animal and the environment.The Slow Loris in Indunesia ,Jawa and Sumathra are under thret of extinction as a result of habitat loss,illegal trade and domestication by human.I think to protect them it’s habitat need to be protected.If we can build the government pressure and tighten wildlife low and find alternative job and income for human then we have longterm solution . You are doing a wonderfull job .

  5. I never knew of these animals until I read the BBC News page on the new species of Slow Loris. Followed the links and saw the clip about the illegal street market trade. The treatment of these animals bought a tear to my eye and anger to my heart. Unbelievable how some people can abuse natures children. The empathy you have for these creatures touched me. At least they have a chance to survive thanks to you. I’ve signed the petitions and donated. Wish I could do more. Thank you for all you are doing.

  6. i bought some bandanas as a christmas present for my daughter ,martha. she urged me to read more about lorises, and i’ve been enchanted(by the lovely little lorises), and appalled(at their treatment) in equal measure. i have just adopted a loris,everyone should ! ADOPT ONE TODAY!!! TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE!! Bless you,Anna,and your team.

  7. I was on Derawan island two weeks ago and believe that one of the locals there keeps a Loris in a cage. Can you rescue him or her?

    • Although this is indeed tragic and sad, the best thing you can do is photograph and document it and send the evidence to the local BKSDA office, saying that you saw that person keeping a protected species illegally, as a pet, and that you feel the should be penalised, imprisoned and fined. The normal procedure would be that the animal might be confiscated and simply hard released into the forest with no disease checks, and the family gets no penalty. If it is sick, this is even worse for the local lorises, and the family will just get another loris anyway. It is very delicate, but is the fate of 100s of lorises.

  8. I love everything you’re doing, saving animals from nature, as well as my trbalho save the children. I love your work.

  9. I saw the tv program about lorises last night with my kids. Fascinating scientifically (saliva/venom as insect repellent??) but also with a very important conservation message. I had seen the loris video on youtube and did wonder, as a zoologist, how it could be legal, and it also made me think about the limits of mindless greed of our all-consuming civilization. It’s a good thing some people (like Anna) are swimming against the tide.

  10. Aunt Anna:
    I’m a senior high school student from China.I saw the video about lorises with my younger brother just now and was deeply moved by your efforts in helping the precious animal.My brother is 12 years old and he was so angry with what the dealers had done on them that he didn’t have dinner and he said he really want to be a part of you.”Please say ‘hello’ to aunt Anna,I hope that I can do something in changing lorises’ destiny in the future .”He is saying so when I am writting down these words.Thank you again ,from the bottom of my heart.

    • This is such a beautiful comment- thanks so much. Please tell you brother to tell all his friends! If you send me your address to littlefireface@gmail.com I would be happy to send him a Little Fireface Project sticker so he can help spread the loris conservation word to his friends. Maybe one day he can make a YouTube video with his friends about why they love lorises to share with our children in Java (it is a new project we are working on and we want the children there, who are the same age) to see how others in the rest of the world care about lorises and to come together :-)

  11. I watched your your TV programme last night and it touch my heart. I woke up this morning and could not stopping think about these beautiful little Loris and the wonderful work you are doing. I have donated and I am going to sign the petition and carry on supporting your hard work.

  12. Anna,
    Saw you on the show about bigfoot a few days ago on one of the science channels. Never new who you were. So I looked you up on google. That’s when I first heard of a loris. I never knew they existed. It’s a very cool effort you’re doing. I wonder how many species have existed that we don’t know about or will never know about that are now gone. Or ones that haven’t been found yet. With the way people are, there might not be any animals left soon. I personally like the big cats. Lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards. I don’t get why people kill them just to do it for fame or to have as a trophy. It’s a waste of life.To borrow a line from Tom Scholz(Boston, Third stage), it takes more than a tattoo and the right cigarette- To be a man. We need about 10,000 or so groups like yours to help keep all these animals here.

  13. I am full of admiration for the wonderful work you are doing to help prevent the extinction of these beautiful creatures,your work is invaluable to the natural world.don`t ever give up the fight for the slow loris

  14. You have a significant presence in humans seeing human like creatures. Psychology or crypto zoology, existence or not, the observer is the real story. Believing is seeing.

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