Jungle Gremlins of Java Wins Royal Television Society Award!

Our beloved gremlins have done it again! We are so happy that the hugely prestigious panel at the Royal Television Society were able to see the merits of slow loris ecology and conservation, as Jungle Gremlins of Java has won the Award for Best Natural History Programme at this year’s Royal Television Society Awards, West of England. Beating the hugely eminent Attenborough`s Ark: A Natural World Special and The Dark: Nature`s Nightmare World, slow lorises have at last triumphed.
The programme was produced by Icon Films for BBC Natural World. It was directed by Steve Gooder and edited by Rupert Troskie with music by William Goodchild. The programme’s presenter was Dr Anna Nekaris.
For full details of the programme, please see HERE.

Tickling slow loris: The Truth gets 20000 views!

The truth behind illegal YouTube videos through images of startling market scenes in Java has now been seen by 20000 more viewers, and sparked a controversial discussion about the ethics of the illegal wildlife trade on YouTube. You can watch the video here and please keep spreading this important message!

See also these links that discuss its impact:

How a creature so cute can be so close to extinction

Tickling slow loris – the truth

How humans impact ecology


Des Gremlins Venimeux!

Our beautiful firefaces have now touched the hearts of France and Switzerland! This is for them!
La Description:
Le docteur Anna Nekaris, une des rares spécialistes dans le monde, enquête dans les jungles de Java sur le loris, une espèce de lémurien au venin capable de tuer. Elle tente de résoudre l’énigme de sa morsure toxique.
Merci beaucoup!!
Merci pour vos commentaires sincères concernant la conservation des loris lents. Ce site Web est en anglais, mais j’espère que vous reviendrez pour en apprendre davantage au sujet de notre recherche en Java, et que vous vous inscrire à notre newsletter. Nous avons actuellement sont d’entreprendre l’étude premier champ de loris lents de Java sauvages, et aussi d’étudier les réfugiés du commerce illégal d’espèces sauvages dans un centre de sauvetage en Java pour comprendre leur venin. Nous publions régulièrement des mises à jour ici. Vous pouvez nous envoyer un courriel à littlefireface@gmail.com.

“Anna & the Gremlins” Coming Soon to Animal Planet USA

North American viewers won’t have long to wait now to see the amazing behaviour of the slow loris loris as well as its conservation plight. The 50-minute version of the Jungle Gremlins of Java, to be called Anna and the Gremlins, was announced this week, and will be part of Animal Planet’s new series, Frontier Earth. “Frontier Earth with Dave Salmoni” on Animal Planet is a natural history series, where viewers embark on a journey to the front lines of major ecosystems, unfolding the plights of the world’s most enigmatic animals.

Read more: http://www.poptower.com/frontier-earth-with-dave-salmoni.htm#ixzz1qcofvFrE

International Wildlife Film Festival Winner!!

Who would have thought that our little lorises scooped up not one but three prizes at last weekend’s International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana? Not only did Jungle Gremlins of Java win overall MERITS for outstanding advocacy and animal behaviour, but also was accoladed in the Best of Category for Environmental and for Point of View! When we consider that the Little Firefaces were up against the charismatic David Attenborough, crocodiles, fossil hominins and the overall festival winner, the tiger, we must feel proud. We must also feel proud that that same winner – the co-Director of best-of-festival Broken Tail, who won the day, was also the director of our very own Jungle Gremlins of Java, Dr Steve Gooder.

Bristol Success! YouTube Links

Posted on 04/03/2012

Thanks so much for the nearly 90 people who turned out to our loris extravaganza in Bristol on Thursday! We meet so many passionate followers, got great ideas for conservation, and recharged our batteries to keep going.  It is amazing the power of the negative to bring us down, so the power of the positive to keep us up must be very strong indeed and I was so heartened to see you all enjoying the loris posters, and for such a wonderful  heartfelt discussion during the roundtable.

Many thanks to Vincent Nijman from TRAFFIC, Brook Aldrich from Wild Futures, and Christopher Schwitzer from the Bristol Zoo  for their participation in the round table.  Please see the links for more information about their organisations.  We will be hosting another fun event this summer at the Bristol Zoo, when they stay open late night! Keep your eyes here!

More news, to follow, but do see our education link for downloads of the bookmarks that were handed out.  Also see the latest videos on which we suggest you leave helpful comments about the illegal nature of the pet trade.

  1. “Slow loris served in a bowl”
  2. “relaxing slow loris
  3. “Funny Lemur scratching Arms up boy! ”

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.

BBC Breakfast

Posted on 25/01/2012

Anna Nekaris was chatting to Sian Williams and Bill Turnbull on BBC Breakfast this morning about her love of the slow loris and what it is about this little nocturnal primate that keeps her returning to the jungles of Indonesia.

Remember to tune in to BBC2 Natural World tonight at 8pm for the exciting premier of the ‘Jungle Gremlins of Java


Clara Clark on 25/01/2012 at 21:12 said

An excellent documentary, highlighting many issues still to be resolved.  Congratulations on an extremely informative programme and well presented.  To all of those who watched the you tube film on these endangered species, put your energy into actually doing some good to help endangered species instead of wasting your time watching sad people film these animals for laughs.  To the people who were filming this creature for you tube for your own smug benefit, shame on you.

Luiza Lobo on 26/01/2012 at 10:32 said

An excellent documentary which conveyed well the plight of the slow lorises who are not “teddy bears” but real living creatures who feel pain when their front teeth are torn out and when they are separated from their family or kept in cages in hot dry conditions.  We should all try and support initiatives which Dr Nekaris is spearheading and promote admiring these creatures in their natural habitat.  It may well be that those who took the U-tube film did not mean any harm but the reality is that that film is a real threat to these animals.  These animals are no more meant to be pets!  Massive congratulations to Dr Anna and her team.

Official Trailer for Jungle Gremlins of Java

Posted on 24/01/2012


The official trailer for The Jungle Gremlins of Java, to be screened on BBC2 tomorrow night, is now available to view on the BBC homepage!  The film features Dr Anna Nekaris and her research into the truly unique slow loris in Java – click the poster to watch it now.

Remember to watch the full programme in all its glory at 8pm, 25th January, and on BBC iPlayer for one week afterwards, and please spread the link to everyone you know… it promises to be one of the best Natural World episodes ever…


Sue Luce on 30/01/2012 at 20:38 said

I cannot hide my disgust and rage at these people who can treat animals with such cold bloodied callousness.  I have long been against and abhorred the trade of exotic animals between countries to enable people who want to own the latest craze in pets have their wishes fulfilled to the detriment of a living creature.  There is not a single place in Asia that I would wish to visit, in my opinion if they cant eat it they will sell! never a thought about endangered species and the ecological and environmental damage they cause.  I don’t care if the excuse is that they are poor, I could not, no matter how poor, threat an animal or other human being (human rights not good either) in the way they do with impunity.

Jungle Gremlins of Java Promo!

Posted on 13/01/2012

Combining big beautiful eyes with sharp little fangs, slow lorises are nature’s real-life ‘Gremlins’: part cuddly, part miniature monster.  But being nocturnal and highly secretive, very little is actually known about them.

According to Dr Anna Nekaris – an Oxford-based zoologist who’s studied lorises for nearly twenty years – they possess a poison that causes wounds to fester.  In some cases, their bites have triggered anaphylactic shock and even death in humans.

This film follows Anna as she travels to Indonesia to try and discover the true purpose of the animal’s mysterious toxin.  Her remarkable tests reveal that loris poison can kill parasites within minutes, and even halt a huge bear in its tracks.  Used against each other, their venom leads to horrific scars, and, even “slow, flesh-rotting death.”  It’s hardly cute and cuddly.

Yet as Anna investigates, a far darker story begins to unfold.  Despite laws to protect lorises, many are still being sold as pets – openly, and in conditions of unspeakable cruelty.  To make them “safe” the traders first cut out their teeth, leaving the animals vulnerable to infection.  And with so many being taken from the wild, these strange and stunningly beautiful creatures are now in danger of vanishing altogether.