The Jungle Gremlins of Java
Having premièred on 25th January 2012 on the BBC2’s Natural World and on the 20th of November 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 nearly millions of viewers world-wide. JGOJ follows Prof Anna Nekaris, who has studied lorises since 1993, 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 all of 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. What great news for spreading awareness of loris conservation. Our hearts are full!
BBC Wildlife magazine, February 2012.
The fantastic February issue of BBC Wildlife magazine – Lethal Loris – an article by Professor Nekaris about slow loris behaviour and conservation with photos by Wawan Tarniwan, Nabajit Das, Anna Nekaris and Richard Moore. this article was reprinted in the USA in BBC Knowledge magazine. Please note this is a proof and the image of two lorises was taken by Richard Moore and the image of the lovely stretching Bengal was taken by Nabajit Das.
BBC Wildlife magazine, 2001.
This isn’t the first time Anna has had an article in BBC Wildlife magazine. In 2001 her article ‘Forest Spooks’ describes the slender lorises that haunt the forests of India.