Dr. Anna Nekaris
Professor of Primate Conservation, Oxford Brookes University
Location: Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos
Research: The Little Fireface Project: Saving the Slow Loris Via Empowerment
Species/Topic: Slow Loris
Abstract: Southeast Asia is home to amazing biodiversity yet illegal wildlife trade is decimating many species. The slow loris (Nycticebus) species are amongst the most commonly traded primates, sold for traditional medicine and pet trade. The demand must be halted by creating awareness and changing attitudes, but this is a long process. Meanwhile the trade should be tackled by more effective law enforcement. In 2013, the Little Fireface Project team is launching a campaign 'Don't Let Me Vanish' to help educate people to end the wildlife trade, including a series of workshops in Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. The aims of the workshops will be to educate law enforcement officials and other relevant parties about the effects of illegal wildlife trade. The participants will be trained on taxonomy and IUCN Red List status of slow lorises, as well as post-confiscation handling and care, as well as learn information on look-alike species, (small carnivores and tarsiers). We will use a variety of learning strategies for adults, including active participation and problem-centred learning, to support different learning styles. The first workshop Workshop Proyek Muka Geni: Perlindungan, Perdagangan, dan Pemberdayaan was held on 15 – 16 January 2013 in Java.