Love Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of slow lorises that involves research, education and rehabilitation. Our first center located in Chonburi, is a collaboration with the DNP Waterbird Conservation Center and currently houses several confiscated lorises which need constant care and support. There are over 84 Lorises being cared for through Love Wildlife’s program who are being rehabilitated with the hopes of being released back into the wild through our own release program.

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Challenges

Hailing from South and Southeast Asia, the nocturnal Slow Loris is unfortunately a highly trafficked prosimian. Current Thai laws are in place to protect the Slow Loris; however, the reality of the situation is one of trafficking throughout the region. These cute, but toxic, animals are trafficked to meet the rising demands within the pet, tourism and Chinese medicine businesses. With the rise in popularity of slow loris’ as pets and photo props, there has been a high number of cases in which captive lorises have had their anterior teeth removed to make the handling of them easier. In addition to this, they face extreme malnutrition as people are unaware of their gumviorous diets. Once rescued, the lorises often struggle to be returned to the wild due to the lack of anterior teeth for self-defense. At the current level it is likely we will see slow lorises go extinct from the wild in the future. The extinction of the slow loris will have devastating effects on its entire ecosystem due to their role in seed dispersal and pollination.

Solution

Through the #SAVETHELORIS campaign, we hope to save the lorises from extinction, prevent cruel practices associated with illegal wildlife trade, and promote responsible tourism. We look to a combination of research, education and rehabilitation. For us, education is a vital way of ensuring the long-term health of the slow loris species. Through our education programs, school talks and Youth Ecological Network (YEN) we hope to encourage conservation of the slow loris and inform a wider audience of their plight. Additionally, we are working with Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) to ensure that slow lorises are free in their natural habitat and optimize the well-being of slow lorises that have been captive/ confiscated. The rehabilitation process for the slow loris’ includes medical treatment for tooth infections and malnutrition, with a part-time vet visiting the center on a weekly basis for routine treatments and check-ups. As well as a part-time vet we have a full-time vet nurse at the center who is on call for the continuous treatment and monitoring on the loris’ in our care. The vet nurse is also on hand to feed the loris’ twice in the night and play peacekeeper to prevent fights and further injuries.

Overview Details
Short-term Impact

We believe that prevention is the key in helping this species and do so through our education and outreach programs to teach kids and adults about the illegal trade and responsible pet ownership for legal exotics

In the long term we hope to rehabilitate the slow lorises in our care and send them back into their natural habitat when they are ready to fend for themselves. Our campaign will see us microchip the loris’ to monitor the health of the loris’ when out in the wild. But more importantly our aim is to educate people on the correct treatment of slow loris’; with our #SAVETHELORIS creating a greater awareness of their plight. Additionally, we would like influence policy to create harsher sentences for those who traffic them across the region.

84 Slow lorises in conservation Chonburi

No. Full Name Position Contact Email Contact Phone
1 Nancy Lynn Gibson Founder nancy.dev@cheewid.org 405-413-5539
2 Wongsakron (Yu) Duangpayap Vet Nurse wongs@cheewid.org 042 596 2373
3 Kayla Blanton Slow Loris Project kayla@cheewid.org 416-864-9605
4 Kawakib Su'ad Asker Mananer asker@cheewid.org 416-864-9605

Since early 2000, Nancy has engaged in various works with the animal care sector as a Vetirinary Technician in the US, Wildlife Educator with the Wildlife Learning Center (California), and Volunteer Educator at Thailand’s Zoological Parks Organization. Besides the day to day activities of Love Wildlife Foundation, Nancy presently serves as the International Group Director at ACRES Lao P.D.R.

    Goal 4: Education. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 15: Environment and Biodiversity. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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Message from the founder

We believe that prevention is the key in helping this species and do so through our education and outreach programs to teach kids and adults about the illegal trade and responsible pet ownership for legal exotics

PROGRAM BUDGET
  • Item List

    Total Item Expenses (Baht)

  • Microchips and Microchip Readers

    42000

  • Powdered Gum

    43000

  • Personnel Management

    10000

  • Administration Cost

    2000

  • Transport Cost

    1000

  • Total Project Expenses

    98000

Budget Notes

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    Partner or Third-Party Verification: Giving Back Association

    Partner Contact Email: givingbackassoc@gmail.com

    Partner Contact Phone: 02-551-1297 extension 206

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Campaign priority target & Milestones
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First Milestone

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Second Milestone

With the outbreak of the Vietnam War, McCain volunteered for combat duty and began flying carrier-based attack planes on low-altitude bombing runs against the North Vietnamese.

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Third Milestone

With the outbreak of the Vietnam War, McCain volunteered for combat duty and began flying carrier-based attack planes on low-altitude bombing runs against the North Vietnamese.

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