Java’s jungle gremlins will feature as second in the series of Animal Planet’s landmark series Frontier Earth Presented by Walmart, with series presenter, carnivore expert Dave Salmoni.We will live tweet during the film, #frontierearth, #junglegremlin, #slowloris.
If you were inspired by what you saw in the film, and want to do more, please visit our Help the Loris pages, donate to our project from North America via the fantastic International Primate Protection League, or directly to our UK-based slow loris fund, visit the slow lorises at one of the zoos in North America supporting the Little Fireface Project and Anna’s work – these are Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Columbus Zoo, and the Brookfield Zoo, sign our petition to help close down the markets you saw in the film, join us on Facebook, or @queenfireface on Twitter. Please help us to save Asia’s Jungle Gremlins!
Café Scientifique presents:
Little firefaces: why YouTube loves the slow loris
FREE tickets now available for Prof Nekaris’ community lecture!
Thursday 20 September 7pm
Tickets free of charge but must be booked in advance
The name Little Fireface comes from the Sundanese name for slow loris, muka geni. Oxford Brookes University’s Professor in Primate Conservation Anna Nekaris comes to tell us about her work with this fascinating, but Endangered, creature and her campaign to end the trade in it.
You may have seen Professor Nekaris in the stunning BBC documentary about the slow loris in Indonesia. In other languages, loris means thin one, wind monkey (both in Sumatra and Thailand), forest baby, and the shy one.
Oxford Brookes University’s Professor in Primate Conservation Anna Nekaris began her studies of the slow loris species 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. Anna spends much of her time abroad researching and at home working tirelessly with the media to expose the loris’s plight, so don’t miss a very rare opportunity to hear her in person at Cornerstone.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Posted on 24/02/2012
Jake Dickens from Louisville, Kentucky, in the USA is a 14-year-old student and a passionate animal advocate. Here is his heartfelt reaction to the Jungle Gremlins of Java.
“I have just finished watching the video and I really liked it. It was very interesting and o definitely learned some new things about the Loris. The Slow Loris is actually nothing like I thought it would be; they just seemed so harmless. I like that they were described as ninjas and assassins. I think it was really cool how you found out that there venom is used as a bug spray. I thought it was amazing that the little amount of poison could drive that sun bear away. I thought it was interesting that the poison was used by that village to harm other villages and how scared they were of the Slow Loris. I am an extreme animal lover and when you went into that market it made me really mad. Just how crammed all the animals were together and how they remove the teeth of the Loris. If there is anything io can do to help you and the Lorises I would like to know so I can help. Also I was wondering if you had any ideas of how to prevent and save the Slow Loris (from extinction) I would like to know. Thank you again.”
This sad but poignant poster made by Littlefireface follower GremlinGirl aka Amy Tattersall shows the plight of the loris that Jake so aptly describes above.
Please keep watching this blog, join our postcard campaign, request YouTube users to remove their loris videos, and come to my event in Bristol 1st March!