July 20, 2010

Horton Plains slender loris

This is the first time the Horton Plains slender loris has ever been photographed! The Telegraph.co.uk reports that one of the world’s rarest primates, driven to the brink of extinction by Britain’s taste for tea, has been photographed for the first time. The Horton Plains slender loris has been so elusive for more than 60 years scientists believed the wide-eyed mammal had become extinct. It had only been seen four times since 1937 but was fleetingly spotted in 2002 by researchers who identified it by the reflection of a light shone in its eyes. Experts believe the prime reason for its rarity was due to the loss of its natural forest habitat largely destroyed by the drive to create tea plantations.
http://bit.ly/azhgzo - EcoTraining wants to congratulate the photographer whom will hopefully keep the location a secret!
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