This project supports in-country EDGE Fellows to help conserve relevant EDGE species
The red slender loris (Loris tardigradus) is a nocturnal primate and has been the focus of considerable research interest over the past decade. However, despite this interest only limited data are available for the accurate evaluation of their conservation status or applied management needs. A group of committed experts and interested parties gathered in February 2009 to determine priority areas to which conservation research funding should be applied. Within the scope of a single year of funding a focus has been placed on provision of required skills training, resolution of key research questions achievable within such a timeframe (species distribution, range and taxonomy), the development of baseline data and a data management and analysis systems to offer a robust measure of change in habitat patch occupancy over time. Provision of training materials and opportunities to develop technical capacity in potential partner organizations such as the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) and the Forestry Department (FD) as well as within educational establishments will also be a significant component of the project.
Finally, a conservation action plan will be generated in concert with findings of field research, and interactions with management agencies that will hopefully act as a guiding foundation document for national commitment to applied conservation management of loris habitat and populations, if deemed necessary by the Sri Lankan Loris Conservation Group following outcomes of this study.
Vijitha works on the slender loris in Sri Lanka
Vijitha is our EDGE Fellow currently working on a project to conserve the Slender loris in Sri Lanka
Kelly is a primatologist who has conducted numerous projects on the Slender loris
Kelly has been involved with research projects and numerous species of loris
Lilia is actively involved with slender loris conservation in Sri Lanka
Saman is president of both LORRIS and PCSSL in Sri Lanka
Wasantha is an advisor to the Ministry of Environment and Nature resources of Sri Lanka and treasurer of LORRIS
Craig recently co-led the Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition in the Philippines
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