Urgent Action Needed: Planting Trees for Loris

Note: Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign and helped us reach our target! if you would like to keep supporting EDGE project consider a monthly donation.


Horton Plains Slender lorisThe UN has made 2011 the International Year of Forests to raise awareness of their incredible value and our immediate need to conserve them. Every year 13 million hectares of forest are lost. These forests harbour some of the richest concentrations of plant and animal species on Earth, and around 400 million of the world's people depend on them for their livelihood. Here at EDGE we are hoping to do our part by reforesting 100ha of land’ to re-connect forest patches of Horton Plains slender loris habitat.

Until recently the Horton Plains slender loris (Loris tardigradus nycticeboides) was believed possibly extinct. In 2009 after two hundred hours of surveying ZSL EDGE researchers rediscovered this sub-species and took the first ever photographs and measurements of a specimen. There are only approximately 80 individuals left and they need your help now. The principal threat facing the slender loris is habitat loss; it is restricted to living in Montane Evergreen Forests and has already lost 80% of its habitat. There are less than 3,000 hectares of Montane Evergreen Forests of Sri Lanka, and that which remains is highly fragmented into forest patches.

seedlings to be planted

This pilot project will establish a participatory reforestation programme, creating ecological corridors between fragmented forest patches in the highlands of central Sri Lanka. With your help we will target former forested areas which are currently redundant scrubland on degraded areas of plantation, here by planting native species we can establish ‘new’ forest corridors. To do this we will be using community cooperatives, and working with the Sri Lankan Forest Department and plantation owners. This stakeholder driven approach to reforestation will enhance wider environmental awareness and provide community benefits.

This project will not only benefit the endangered loris, but also a host of other species found within the threatened montane forest environment such as the leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), the ‘shaggy bear monkey’ (Trachypithecus vetulus monticola), the endemic Nillu rat (Rattus montanus), and the Sri Lanka spiny mouse (Mus ohiensis) amongst others. Help us conserve these incredible species today.

Remaining Forest

Thanks to BBCWF for supporting our work in this project 


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  1. on June 30th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

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  2. Patricia Marinaccio said,

    on July 1st, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I would like to help with this project, but since I am on the other side of the planet, I can do so only by making a monetary donation. Please let me know how to accomplish this.

  3. Daniela Biaggio said,

    on July 1st, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you Patricia for your donation. Without the support of people like yourself we would not be able to conduct this project.

  4. on July 11th, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Hi friends,
    My husband and I would like to make a donation. And we would like to send out emails to our database of students to ask them to help too.

    Could you help me write a simple proposal letter to send them?
    I am trying to do it myself, but if you could give me some guidance I would really appreciate it.
    Please email me at: rolfandmarci@gmail.com

    Marci and Rolf

  5. Tai said,

    on July 25th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I live in Sri Lanka and I was sent the email information about this wonderful project by Marci and I wish to also do something to assist with this program.

    Apart from financial assistance, how else may I be of help? Perhaps I can try to get some volunteers to participate in the tree planting program?

  6. on July 26th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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  7. Daniela Biaggio said,

    on July 27th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for your support and mentioning our work on your blog!

  8. on August 2nd, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Here is a poem I have written about the Slender Loris. It’s not the greatest poem I’ve ever written, but hopefully it is OK!

    The Slender Loris

    © Stephen Whiteside 02.08.2011

    A family of Slender Loris
    (Horace, Boris, Maurice, Doris),
    Moves on forest branches slow,
    But knows exactly where to go.

    This family of Loris Slender
    (Loving, gentle, playful, tender),
    Sleeps inside a hollow tree,
    But people will not let them be.

    Believing they have magic powers,
    They track them for unending hours,
    Then take them home (from all reports)
To try to rid themselves of warts,

    Or ease a pimple on their bum,
    Or try to fix their dying mum,
    But meanwhile, all they really do
    Is hurt another Loris. True.

    The Slender Loris makes no claim
    To special powers. Place the blame
    On silly humans, if you please,
    Who can’t see forests for the trees!

  9. Daniela Biaggio said,

    on August 16th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks to everyone who helped us raise £5,000!
    We will continue raising funds for Horton Plains Slender loris until the end of August!

    The extra funds raised will be used to help reduce pressure on the remaining forest. For every additional £3 we hope to purchase one fuel efficient stove for the local community.

  10. on August 17th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Daniela, congratulations on achieving the 5000 quid goal on this project. I recently donated to this fund and I am personally extremely pleased that it is going to go through. Having spent most of my life in Sri Lanka and having heard of the rediscovery of this cute creature, this was surely good news.

    How can folks like us stay posted on the work over there? I’d like to know what exactly has happened with that money. I also intend to visit Sri Lanka soon and would love to visit the site and even help out however I can!! Please let me know!

  11. Daniela Biaggio said,

    on August 17th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Thank you for your support Dilip. To stay up to date with progress on this project you can follow our Blog and our presence on social media (see links above) . We will also include an update on our newsletter!

  12. on August 17th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you Daniela, patiently listening with enthusiasm from over here!

  13. Dilip Ramachandran said,

    on May 11th, 2012 at 7:55 pm


    I’m finally going to be in Sri Lanka in July of this year and will actually be in the Nuwara area. Can you let me know if I can visit the site and see the progress?


  14. Theology said,

    on October 8th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Are you still looking for volunteers to go help plant trees? We are interested in sending a team down.

    Thanks for your time.


  15. JacobHB said,

    on October 10th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Dear Brett

    Unfortunately our colleagues do not require volunteers at this time but thank-you nonetheless for the generous offer. If you are interested in helping the project in other ways then you can donate HERE or alternatively partake in fundraising activities (suggestions HERE).

    Thanks again!

  16. Sunil R. de Silva said,

    on March 26th, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I too am interested in reforestation of all tea estates and other vulnerable plantations in the upper watersheds mainly in the mountainous region of Sri Lanka. We seek to press the authorities to do this without any delay, as they have already neglected this task of utmost importance since 1948. Would you like to discuss this matter.

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