ABOUT THE LITTLE FIREFACE PROJECT
Slow lorises are a unique group of primates found throughout South and Southeast Asia. Their vice-like grip, snake-like movements, shy nature, and most remarkably, their venomous bite, make them unique amongst the primates. They also are to many people undeniably adorable, and to others, nature’s answer to over 100 diseases. Their slow movements make them easy prey to expert hunters who literally empty the forests of these shy primates – amongst the most common mammals seen in Asia’s illegal animal markets, but amongst the rarest spotted even in Asia’s best protected forests.
The Little Fireface Project, named after the Sundanese word for loris, is the world’s longest running loris conservation project, started in 1993, under the auspices of the Nocturnal Primate Research Group of Oxford Brookes University. Our research was highlighted in the award winning 2012 film Jungle Gremlins of Java. We aim to save lorises from extinction through learning more about their ecology and using this information to educate local people and law enforcement officers, leading to empathy and empowerment whereby people in countries where lorises exist will want to save them for themselves. This is done through education, media, workshops and classroom programmes. Our education does not stop in range countries, but also reaches out to potential western purchasers of loris pets.
Dr Slow Loris Got It! - 17/10/2017
At the Little Fireface Project, we are delighted to premiere Kana Kawanishi’s book Dr slow loris got it!! during SLOW 2017. Kana Kawanishi is a student of Yokohama International School. She chose to research on illegal trafficking of slow loris as a topic for her Personal Project. Japan is known to be the world’s biggest market for slow lorises and social media has a huge influence on this problem. This is why she made a picture book for children to give them prior knowledge about illegal animal trading before getting influenced by social media. The book was printed in Yokohama Japan and tells the story of a kind-hearted doctor named Dr. Slow Loris who goes around the world to help other slow lorises who are in need of help. Illustrations for this book were created using crayons, markers and coloured pencils. We would love to have this book translated into as many languages as possible to help spread this important message. If you are able to offer your time to do this please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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