Jungle Gremlins of Java – What Next?


Posted on 26/01/2012

Thank you for the overwhelming support for the slow loris and your positive comments to Jungle Gremlins of Java.  Please keep posting your comments to the site, to Facebook (The Little Fireface Project) and to Twitter (@littlefireface or @queenfireface).  We will assemble your responses as a well-reasoned and careful letter to the Indonesian government to show our concern for the loris as an initial step.

If you can support the Little Fireface Project, you can help fund law enforcement training initiatives, market surveys, education of local people to get them to find alternatives to hunting for pets, wild studies of lorises and care of rehabilitated individuals.  Please email us and join our Facebook forum for discussions.


Guy Weston on 26/01/2012 at 19:58 said

Fascinating programme.  It’s disturbing that the police park right next to the market stall selling the illegal lorises but do nothing.  Urgent need to stop habitat destruction too especially in a country like Indonesia with its rate of population growth.

Julia Woodruff on 26/01/2012 at 20:03 said

The Natural World film was an amazing insight into the Slow Loris – what an incredible animal they are! It was shocking to see these animals being captured for the pet trade and handled in such a brutal way.  These amazing  wild animals belong in the wild.

Laura Cooper on 26/01/2012 at 22:24 said

I would like to comment on the program and the plight of not just the Slow Loris but also the other poor creatures and the horrific pet markets that you exposed.  I sincerely hope that the countries involved listen and do what they must know is the right thing.  The images were horrific, heart wrenching, sickening, appalling…. I could go on and still not express how deeply this program affected both myself and my partner.  At the start we commented how beautiful Java looked and how much we would both like to visit but by the end we both agreed that a country that allowed such despicable treatment of animals would be the last place we would ever go.  I know our sentiments are shared across many countries and by many millions of people, this trade blackens your countries reputation do something now os that you can become a country everyone is talking about for the RIGHT reasons, a country that saved their Jungle Gremlin instead of torturing and eradicating it.


Joanne Orth on 27/01/2012 at 20:12 said

It is so sadf to think that people can treat animals this way.  The Slow Loris is not just beautiful but it has qualities that no other Primate has.  For reasons like this together with difficulties in breeding and decreasing numbers would suggest this animal needs all the protection/research it can get.  This knowledge could then be filtered down into Governments, villagers, schools not only local to the Slow Loris but all over the world which would discourage loss of habitat and pet trade but would encourage secure parks and protection where this animal can live in peace.  We must protect vulnerable animals like this.  My 6 year old daughter saw your programme and she said to me ‘we shouldn’t be removing their teeth or keeping them as pets, it’s a wild animal’ and needs to be left alone.  Now if my 6 year old daughter can see this, then surely other people can too.


Sandra Jenson on 01/02/2012 at 21:07 said

I would like to urge the Indonesian government to set the standard for policing of illegal trade of these animals and more: to educate their population about this extraordinary animal so they begin to care for its welfare rather than abusing it horrifically.  I was so shocked to see the police car parked outside the pet trade market in Dr. Nekaris’ documentary.  How can they expect tourism to flourish when such abuses are taking place in their country?  I will be spreading the information far and wide so people think twice about visiting Indonesia until they make a substantial change in what is happening to these endangered animals, and, no doubt, many others.

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