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Urgent Action Needed: Planting Trees for Loris

By on June 13, 2011 in Uncategorized, Focal species, Slender loris

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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