The Loris’ Plight Touches All Ages

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!

Bristol Zoo 1st March 2012


Posted on 16/02/2012

Join us for an evening of loris conservation at the Bristol Zoo at 5:30 pm on 1st March 2012

Join Dr Anna Nekaris as she discusses the plight of the slow loris, and examines the impact the notorious YouTube video clips have on their demise or even on increasing public awareness of this amazing group of animals.  Also join us for:

  • A drink reception after the talk
  • Pick up some of our Slow Loris Fact Sheets
  • Sign one of our postcards and take part in the Slow Loris Postcard Campaign
  • Read about the research of the Little Fireface Project on available posters and literature in the foyer
  • Find out what you can do to help the Little Fireface Proect!
  • Question and answers to an expert panel
  • Get there early to enjoy the loris literature and information available! Buy your tickets here – tickets are £10 with proceeds going to loris conservation

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.

Dr Anna Nekaris: Saving the world’s cutest animal

Posted on 19/01/2012

It’s cute.   It’s cuddly.  And it’s the world’s only poisonous primate.  Dr Anna Nekaris on the slow loris.  And how you can help save it.  Peter Moore

Dr Anna Nekaris has dedicated her life to studying the slow loris, a real-life gremlin that is extremely cute but with a venom that can kill.  Now it’s also a YouTube superstar with millions of hits, fueling an illicit trade in the animals as pets.

In the The Jungle Gremlins of Java, a BBC programme, aired on January 25, Dr Anna Nekaris travels to the jungles of Java to solve the riddle of its toxic bite.  She talks to Peter Moore about lorises and the dangers they are facing.

Read more here


Nigel Redman on 25/01/2012 at 21:11 said

I’m an ornithologist and have seen Slow Loris at an easily accessible location in west Java.  Please contact me if you require further information,


Ashley Wheat on 25/01/2012 at 23:22 said

After watching your programme the BBC  on the slow loris I feel truly inspired by your work and passion to help save this most wonderful, interesting and fascinating creature.

Following your comments that he slow loris could soon be extinct because of human exploitation and the illegal pet trade, I would like to ask how I can help in a campaign to save them, and secondly if I could offer advice to you in my area of expertise; multimedia computing, in helping you raise awareness.

Annalisa Fiorentino on 27/01/2012 at 16:04 said

Hey – I’m trying to start an official Facebook page based on your project.  Just wondering whether you already have one?  No point duplicating effort!

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.


Lethal Loris

Posted on 10/01/2012

Coming to your news stand on 19th January BBC Wildlife magazineLethal Loris – an article by Dr Anna Nekaris about slow loris behaviour and conservation with photos by Wawan Tarniwan, nabajit Das, Anna Nekaris and Richard Moore!