The Red Slender Loris (Loris Tardigradus) is Endemic to Sri Lanka

The red slender loris (Loris tardigrades) is endemic to Sri Lanka but is on the Global Red list as an “endangered and vulnerable” species.

They are slowly climbing, nocturnal animals with large distinctive eyes adapted to a tree lifestyle assisted by skeletal specializations

such as highly mobile joints, large humerus, strong bones, equally long fore and hind limbs with super-strong digits and anatomical modifications.

The red slender loris favors lowland rainforests (up to 700 m in altitude), tropical rainforests, and inter-monsoon forests of the southwestern wet-zone of Sri Lanka.

Masmullah Proposed Forest Reserve harbors one of few remaining red slender loris populations and is considered a biodiversity hotspot. The most common plant species eaten was Humboldtia laurifolia, occurring at 676 trees/ha, with overall density at 1077 trees/ha. Humboldtian laurifolia is vulnerable and has a mutualistic relationship with ants, providing abundant food for lorises. Reports from the 1960s suggest that it once also occurred in the coastal zone, however it is now thought to be extinct there.

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