A one-year old male Slow Loris was recently found on a bush near forest colony, in East Siang district by the local residents. The total number of Bengal Slow Loris rescued from human habitation in East Siang district has been rising this year.
The forest officials rescued a Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) from Ruksin town on Tuesday morning. It was later released in the nearby Poba Reserved Forest.
Bengal Slow Lorises have been found frequently moving closer to human habitation in East Siang district, causing concern among the wildlife officials in the district.
In the last few years, locals captured at least 10 Slow Lorises that had strayed into human settlements in different parts of the district.
The actual reason of the animal straying into human habitation is still not known as no scientific study on the Slow Loris and its behaviour have been conducted so far.
Deputy Ranger Opang Jamoh said the animal is either facing disturbance in their natural habitat or are suffering from food scarcity in the forests. ‘However, the actual reason of dispersion is not yet known because no special study has been conducted in this regard so far.’
However according to wildlife experts, habitat destruction through shifting cultivation is one of the main reasons.