International media

The Little Fireface Project and Director Professor Anna Nekaris have featured on multiple media outlets, including many films. You’ll find titles and descriptions of each below and click on the titles to find out more!

Having premiered on 25th January 2012 on the BBC2’s Natural World and on the 20th of November 2012 on Walmart’s Frontier Earth on Animal Planet, a one-hour documentary dedicated to slow loris research and conservation produced by Icon films.
Jungle Gremlins of Java brought the plight of the loris to millions of viewers world-wide. JGOJ follows Prof Anna Nekaris, as she attempts to unravel the mystery of why slow lorises are venomous. At the same time she faces the horrific realities of one of the major conservation challenges facing slow lorises – the illegal pet trade. The film also highlights how ‘cute’ YouTube videos are impacting the conservation of these fragile primates.

We thank you for your kind comments about the emotional impact this film has had on you. It also has made its impact on the film community. In March 2012, it won overall MERITS for outstanding advocacy and animal behaviour, and also was accoladed in the Best of Category for Environmental and for Point of View at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. This was followed in February 2013 by the Award for Best Natural History Programme at the Royal Television Society Awards, West of England. In April 2013 Jungle Gremlins of Java picked up the Silver Hugo for Science / Nature Documentary at the 2013 Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards and in 2013 it won the Best New Media Award  at the Japan Willdife Film Festival.
What great news for spreading awareness of loris conservation. Our hearts are full!

  • Ancient Aliens

Prof Anna Nekaris discusses human evolution in the context of – aliens! What was         our world like in the past when more than one hominin species lived side by side?         And how did they evolve?

NHK director Mikio Kuroda follows Prof Anna Nekaris and her team as they study the amazing behaviours of the Javan slow loris, and reveal the plight of the pet trade, especially in Japan.

The LFP team works with Korean film team from EPS to expose the truth behind a         growing and illegal trend for slow loris pets in Korea.

Prof Anna Nekaris makes an expert experience helping the Finding Bigfoot team examine whether there is potential for cryptid hominins to exist in the UK!

  • Unexplained Files – Russian Yeti

Prof Anna Nekaris makes an expert experience interpreting some mysterious footprints left in the snow by a purported hominin in Adygeya Republic Russia.

A team of top scientists (Prof. Anna Nekaris, Drs Jack Rink, William Sellars, Jeff Meldrum and Ian Redmond) come together with one goal, to create the definitive guide to Bigfoot. Does the creature exist? And if it does, where is it? And how can it survive without being detected? Using a new interactive map the team plotted more than 10,000 Bigfoot type sightings from around the world. Dr Jeff Meldrum reflects on the experience: “It was personally gratifying to hear my colleagues objectively evaluate the footprints, hair samples and sightings as serious evidence; to see their intrigue mount as they contemplated its implications”.

Bigfoot is everywhere you look, but why are so many millions of Americans obsessed with this mysterious man-ape? This episode sheds new light on some of the nation’s darkest Sasquatch secrets. Recent discoveries of previously unknown hominids and breakthroughs in genetic technology have given a nation of Bigfoot believers new hope that this creature will be found, but what new technologies are being developed for this centuries-old hunt?

Prof. Anna Nekaris, an expert on nocturnal primates, discusses Asian slow loris species. She reveals to ‘The Wildlife’ host Laurel Neme what makes these creatures so special and why they are sought after both as pets and as a key ingredient in traditional medicine.

 Could the yeti really exist or is it a popular legend? Anthropologist and primate expert Professor Anna Nekaris explains how you find unknown animals, looking at examples of new species of primate still being discovered today, and exploring the likelihood of the yeti’s existence.

  • Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures – Night Stalker

 Madagascar’s creepiest resident is the aye-aye. Nick must confront his fears and find out why it has become so feared by the local people. Professor Anna Nekaris provides information on this strangest of Madagascar’s primates from the Natural History Museum in London.

  • Slender Loris – Phantom of the Forest

Professor Anna Nekaris presents this one hour NHK film directed by Akira Matsubayashi on the behaviour of a family of Sri Lanka’s Endangered red slender loris. In Japanese and English.