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Dr Anna Nekaris
Oxford, UK
  • Scientific advisor
[General description section]
I am a Reader in Primate Conservation, and Course Tutor of the MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University. I am also a member of the IUCN Primates Specialist Group, Conservation Working Party of the Primate Society of Great Britain, and on the editorial board of Endangered Species Research and Folia Primatologica. I have been studying the behaviour, ecology, conservation and taxonomy of Asian mammals since 1994, although my research has also taken me to Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Costa Rica, and Trinidad. My primary interests lie with Asia’s slow and slender lorises. I have now conducted studies, as well as facilitated and trained local researchers and students working on Loris tardigradus, L. lydekkerianus, Nycticebus coucang, N. javanicus, N. menagensis, N. bengalensis, and N. pygmaeus in the following countries: India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Singapore, Bangladesh and Laos.
Department of Anthropology and Geography, Nocturnal Primate Research Group, Oxford Brookes University
Position within organisation
Reader in Primate Conservation (Anthropology); Course tutor, MSc in Primate Conservation
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Research interests
Conservation of Asian primates (lorises, langurs, gibbons) and small nocturnal carnivores (civets, cats); impact of fragmentation on animal abundance; conservation education; wildlife trade.
Relevant publications
1. Nekaris KAI, Blackham G, Nijman V (2008). Conservation implications of low encounter rates of five nocturnal primate species (Nycticebus spp. ) in Asia. Biodiversity and Conservation. Online first DOI 10.1007/s10531-007-9308-x.

2. Nekaris KAI and de Silva Gehan (2008). The Primates of Sri Lanka. Jetwing Hotels and Jetwing Eco Holidays under the Jetwing Research Initiative. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

3. Nekaris KAI & Bearder SK. (2007). The strepsirrhine primates of Asia and Mainland Africa: diversity shrouded in darkness. In Primates in Perspective (eds. SK Bearder, C. Cawdell, A Fuentes, K MacKinnon, M Panger). Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 24-45.

4. Nekaris, KAI & Jaffe, S. (2007). Unexpected diversity of slow lorises (Nycticebus spp.) within the Javan pet trade: implications for slow loris taxonomy. Contributions to Zoology 76(3):187-196.

5. Nekaris KAI & Nijman V. (2007). CITES proposal highlights rarity of Asian nocturnal primates (Lorisidae: Nycticebus). Folia Primatologica 78(4):211-214.

6. Nekaris KAI, Perera VBP. (2007). Primates in peril: the world’s top 25 most endangered primates 2006-2008 -- Horton Plains slender loris, Ceylon mountain slender loris. Primate Conservation 22:12-13.

7. Nekaris KAI, Pimley ER and Ablard K. (2007). Anti-predator behaviour of lorises and pottos. In (eds. Gursky SG and Nekaris KAI). Primates and Their Predators. Springer Press: New York. Pp. 220-238.

8. Nekaris KAI & Stephens NJ (2007). All lorises are not slow: rapid arboreal locomotion in the newly recognised red slender loris (Loris tardigradus tardigradus) of southwestern Sri Lanka. American Journal of Primatology 69:112-120.

9. Nekaris, KAI (2006). The social lives of Mysore slender lorises. American Journal of Primatology 68:1-12.

10. Nekaris, KAI (2006). Primates in peril: the world’s top 25 most endangered primates, 2004-2006: Horton Plains slender loris. Primate Conservation 20:10-11.

11. Bearder SK, Nekaris KAI & Curtis D (2006). A re-evaluation of the role of vision for the activity rhythms of nocturnal primates, Folia Primatologica 77(1-2):50-71.

12. Buckley C, Nekaris KAI & Husson S. (2006) Survey of Hylobates albibarbis in peat swamp, Central Kalimantan, Borneo. Primates 47(4):327-335.

13. Nekaris KAI. (2005). Foraging behaviour of the slender loris: implications for theories of primate origins. Journal of Human Evolution 49:289-300.

14. Nekaris KAI, Liyanage WKDD & Gamage S (2005). Relationship between forest structure and floristic composition and population density of the Southwestern Ceylon slender loris (Loris tardigradus tardigradus) in Masmullah Forest, Sri Lanka. Mammalia 69(2):1-10.

15. Schulze H, Ramanathan A, Fitch-Snyder H, Nekaris KAI, Singh M, & Kaumanns W (2005). Care of rescued South Indian lorises with guidelines for hand-rearing infants. Pp. 104-118 in: Menon, V., Ashraf, N. V. K.; Panda, P.; Mainkar, K. (eds): Back to the Wild: Studies in Wildlife Rehabilitation. New Delhi: Wildlife Trust of India.

16. Nekaris KAI & Jayewardene J (2004). Distribution of slender lorises in four ecological zones in Sri Lanka. Journal of Zoology 262:1-12.

17. Nekaris KAI (2003). Observations on mating, birthing and parental care in three taxa of slender loris in India and Sri Lanka (Loris tardigradus and Loris lydekkerianus). Folia Primatologica, supp. (eds. S. Gursky and KAI Nekaris) 74:312-336.

18. Nekaris KAI (2003). Spacing system of the Mysore slender loris (Loris lydekkerianus lydekkerianus). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 121:86-96.

19. Nekaris KAI (2003). Rediscovery of the slender loris in Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka. Asian Primates 8(03):1-7.

20. Nekaris KAI (2003). Notes on the distribution and behaviour of three small wild cats in Sri Lanka. Cat News – Journal of the IUCN Cats Specialist Group 38:30-31.

21. Gursky SG & Nekaris KAI (2003). Patterns of mating, birthing and rearing in nocturnal prosimians: an historical perspective. Folia Primatologica Supp. 74:241-245.

22. Nekaris KAI & Jayewardene J (2003). Pilot study and conservation status of the slender loris (Loris tardigradus and Loris lydekkerianus) in Sri Lanka. Primate Conservation 19: 83-90.

23. Nekaris, KAI & Rasmussen DT (2003). Diet of the slender loris. International Journal of Primatology 24(1):33-46.

24. Nekaris KAI (2002). Refuting the myth of the Ceylon sloth: the slender lorises of Sri Lanka. Loris: Journal of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka. 23(1-2): 20-26.

25. Nekaris KAI (2002). Slender in the night. Natural History. 2(02): 54-59.

26. Bearder SK, Nekaris KAI & Buzzell CA (2002). Dangers in the night: are some nocturnal primates afraid of the dark? In (L Miller, ed.): Eat or Be Eaten: Predator Sensitive Foraging in Primates, Cambridge University Press. Pp. 21-40.

27. Nekaris KAI (2001). Activity budget and positional behaviour of the Mysore slender loris: implications for slow climbing locomotion. Folia Primatologica. 72: 228-241.