| Hamidah Ismail |
THE Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to Brunei, Mohammad Reza Havaseli Ashtiani and Deputy High Commissioner of Britain to Brunei, Stephen Phillips recently helped release ‘Abdi the Loris’ into a protected park in Brunei Darussalam.
1stopbrunei Wildlife Club received the threatened slow loris named ‘Abdi’ from a lady who was selling it online.
The club’s founder approached the lady and inquired on the details. It was revealed the reason it was being sold was to raise money to buy important necessities for her new born baby.
The club quickly went on to search for interested companies and individuals who would like to donate basic necessities to the family.
The search took place for about a week but the response was overwhelming. The lady eventually agreed to voluntarily hand over the slow loris for free and she received donations for her family as a sign of appreciation.
The slow loris is a primate found in Brunei and eats fruits and insects.
It is illegal to capture and keep slow lorises. Such activities should be reported to the relevant authorities such as the Wildlife Division of Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR).
The club can be found on their Facebook page at 1stopbrunei wildlife or Instagram @wildlifeclub.
The club is also currently looking for interested companies and individuals who would like to help support the club financially so they can intensify their education programme as well as their free animal rescue service.