| Hamidah Ismail |
THE SLOW loris, or locally known as ‘kukang’, is a round-eyed, cuddly-looking primate often targeted by poachers, who sell the animals as pets.
In Brunei, these animals are offered for sale on social media and at markets as many locals are unaware that they are an endangered species.
According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the slow loris is classified as endangered, and trapping and keeping the animal as a pet is illegal.
Local wildlife club, 1stopbrunei Wildlife, has approached poachers numerous times to negotiate the release of these endangered species and has successfully returned them to the wild upon negotiation.
The club has also conducted talks to schools to raise awareness of the endangered animal.
Recently, the club launched the slow loris leaflet and video as part of their Slow Loris Awareness Programme.
The video was put together by United Network Entertainment, a lifestyle company based in Brunei.