Prof Nekaris began her studies of lorises in 1994, with her interest in these wonderful beasts kindled in 1992 at a conference called Creatures of the Dark the Nocturnal Prosimians. Since then she has never looked back and has now studied every species of slow and slender loris in the wild.
The name Little Fireface comes from the Sundanese name for slow loris – muka geni. In other languages, loris means thin one, wind monkey (both in Sumatra and Thailand), forest baby, and the shy one.
Five slow loris species are currently recognised with a huge diversity out there! They range from the The are found from the Northeast of India all the way to the Philippines. Two closely related slender lorises are found in India and Sri Lanka. Many more species are likely to be discovered.
The table below shows their distribution and body weight ranges.
|Loris lydekkerianus||Mysore slender loris||South India; Sri Lanka||225-320|
|Loris tardigradus||red slender loris||Sri Lanka||105-170|
|Nycticebus bengalensis||Bengal slow loris||Burma, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam||1140-2100|
|N. coucang||greater slow loris||Sumatra, peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore||635-850|
|N. javanicus||Javan slow loris||Indonesia (Java)||750-1150|
|N. menagensis||Bornean slow loris||Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia||265-800|
|N. pygmaeus||pygmy slow loris||Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam||360-580|