Habitat transformation is a major issue facing wildlife populations worldwide. When agricultural lands begin to replace natural forests and habitat the result is often fragmented areas. This has a particularly detrimental effect on arboreal species who may find themselves isolated in an area and cut off from part of their range. The inability to access the totality of their home range due to an insufficient tree cover can be highly destructive to population growth within these species. Slow lorises are not immune unfortunately as more and more of their habitat is converted into agricultural land. Slow lorises are highly arboreal and need tree connectivity to successfully utilize the entirety of their homeranges.
In an effort to bring connectivity back to our area, the LFP team is manufacturing and installing slow lorises bridges. These consist of simple ladder-like structures that act as connecting sytems between tree patches within a slow loris’ range. Through our homerange data and vegetation analysis, we are able to determine the areas most in need of these connectors in order to maximise their efficiency. We hope that through this and other projects, that we are able to help restore fuller and more connected homeranges for the slow loris populations that we monitor.