Aim’s Great Experiences with Birds and Javan Slow Loris at the Little Fireface Project

Hi there, I am Zulaima Rakhmatiar. but my friends just call me Aim. I’m from Yogyakarta, Indonesia and I study at the faculty of Forestry at Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta. My studies focus on wildlife, especially birds. I am currently a volunteer at LFP and I have a project about interactions between Javan Slow Loris (Nycticebus javanicus) with birds. This is my primary research for my undergraduate thesis. In Cipaganti, Garut there is a lot of farm and agroforestry. In Sundanese (the native language of West Java) agroforestry is called “Talun”. The Javan Slow Loris currently must live in this changed habitat. Farmers plant many vegetables like cabbages, pumpkins (in Indonesian called Labu Siam), tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes etc. In Cipaganti there are a lot of tea gardens too. At the edge of the gardens there are certain tree species including: Kayu Putih (Eucalyptus sp.), Suren (Toona sureni), Avocado (Persea americana), Kayu Angin (Casuarina junghuniana), Bamboo and more. Continue reading

A Sapphire for our Slow Lorises!

Sapphire on the far right, participating in a team film for SLOW2017

I’m Sapphire and I have come to LFP as part of my BSc in Zoology at Cardiff University. Almost two months into my placement year and I am loving it here. I enjoy the culture, the people, the family that the staff and volunteers have become and obviously the wildlife! I will be studying positions of loris bridges alongside helping out with the behavioural observations throughout the night and helping to teach children English in a school in Garut. Some days are busy busy busy, and this is one of them.

When you first wake up you hear the mosque prayers, the motorbikes zooming past the house, the chickens squawking and the hustle and bustle of this small village you’ve made your home. As you make your way to the kitchen, four cats surround you for attention (and most likely food) and after a good cup of tea (in my case at least) you are able to start your day. Continue reading

Lorises Get New Bling

This week has been a busy week of catching and collaring lorises at the field site. First up was Sibau’s daughter Galaksi. It took trackers Adin and Dendi almost an hour to catch her, with Dendi hanging in the bamboo over the path and sliding down tree trunks like it was a fireman’s pole. Once caught, we placed Galaksi in a bag to keep her calm whilst we layed out all the materials needed to take her measurements and collect samples. We weighed her, collared her, and collected faecal and venom samples. What a beautiful loris she was, fit and healthy! She had very dark eye patches and a lovely dorsal stripe!

Next in line was our lovely loris Lucu. Lucu already had a collar but was collared quite young and therefore we wanted to make sure that she was doing okay. For months we had been wondering whether Lucu, meaning “cute” in Indonesian, was a boy or a girl and Anna brought some light to the situation. Lucu is a girl!!! She was very easy to catch and the entire process took less than 30 minutes. She was released back onto a nice tree close to where she had been caught and sprinted off into the distance. We checked on her an hour later and she was resting in the bamboo and grooming herself. When we looked to the side we saw an additional 2 uncollared lorises within 10m of her! What a social lady she is!