Uroplatus sikorae
Photo by Suspenseful Steve.


Uroplatus sikorae

Photo by Suspenseful Steve.

If you see a loris illegally offered on a market, please consider the following facts:

For each animal bought, the next wild loris will be caught, or a loris mother be killed and her infant taken away from her. Most loris forms are increasingly endangered in the wild, and since they get few babies which are carefully reared over long periods, losses due to hunting and trade increasingly threaten wild populations.
Trade with these sensitive animals who easily die from stress is a cruelty. Please also think about the fact that wild animals in captivity cannot choose the place and companions they need for a satisfactory life, and that their senses are much finer than human ones: they will perceive, and suffer from, things you do not even notice. Lorises and pottos are adapted to free life in the nocturnal forest. In captivity, they will suffer and most probably die an early and unpleasant death from stress, painful diseases caused by wrong feeding or accidents in an inadequate environment. And they often die a long, agonizing death, suffering for weeks or even months.
Lorises permanently urinemark their environment. In addition, they may be dangerous pets. They can bite fiercely when feeling disturbed, and they produce a toxin which in humans may cause severe to fatal anaphylactic shock.  
Since lorises and pottos are threatened and protected animals, buying them and keeping them as pets is illegal in almost all countries, often with very high fines. 
Please do not buy lorises as pets!
Do not support poaching and the cruelty of illegal trade!
[from Loris Conservation website :]

Heres a few old photos from when i volunteered at the Cat Survival Trust.

Sadly, there is still trade in big cats as pets, and all of these beauties were confiscated from private collections. 

The Trust does some great work with what little they have and even have a sanctuary and release site in Argentina


Make a monkey pun and you’re walking the plank.


Make a monkey pun and you’re walking the plank.


The True Comic Story About 3 Primatologists Who Changed How We See the World

Legend has it that in the 1950s, DC Comics concluded that the ticket to sure sales lay not with super-powered hijinks, but with gorillas: any comic with an ape on its cover was sure to outsell the ape-free issues. By that token alone, Primates, a new graphic novel by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks about the lives and work of three seminal primatologists, should be a smash-hit.

Primates tells the connected stories of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, known collectively as “Leaky’s Angels” in tribute to their collective mentor, archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Louis Leaky. Beginning with Goodall in 1960, each woman embarked on a long-term field study of a group of primates—Goodall, chimps; Fossey, mountain gorillas; Galdikas, orangutans—and, in the process, revolutionized not only the field of primatology but scientific perspectives on human evolution and the very definition of humanity.

Written by Jim Ottaviani and drawn and lettered by Maris Wicks, Primates draws from the diaries of all three scientists—as well as a slew of other sources detailed in a bibliography at the end to paint a compelling picture of their work and lives, deftly interweaving the three women’s stories in an account that’s equal parts biography and scientific history… 


I have always love collecting comic books, getting into a really good graphic novel series, heck, I even have binders full of the collectible cards…
But I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a graphic novel as much as I want this one.

just added to my amazon basket… roll on payday!

Primates as Pets

The trade in primates as exotic pets in the UK has risen in recent years, according to figures from the RSPCA and Wild Futures.

Over 9000 primates are estimated to be kept as pets in Britain today. The numbers however are only guesses based on license records and RSPCA calls, as many species do not require licenses to be kept, or are kept illegally.

RSPCA’s senior scientist Dr Ros Clubb has stated that the number of complaints to the RSPCA concerning pet primates has risen by 73 per cent in the last year [Bawden 2014]

The rise is believed to be linked to high profile cases and the relative ease of buying exotics animals online or through newspaper advertisments.

It is legal to keep primates in the UK and although some species require a license under the Dangerous Wild Animal Act (DWAA) 1976 to own, many of the smaller species such as marmosets and tamarins do not require any paperwork. It is believed that a large proportion of DWAA listed species such as capuchins, squirrel monkeys and spider monkeys are also kept illegally without licenses.

The main arguments stem from the welfare issues surrounding the keeping of primates in captivity. Whilst those who own a primate defend their decision and insist that the animals are given the best care, many experts and welfare groups believe that it is usually not possible for owners to provide correct housing, social grouping and nutrition as these animals have very specific requirements and specialist training is necessary.

The RSPCA, the British Veterinary Association and animal welfare groups are currently calling for an outright ban on keeping primates, stating that the existing codes of practice that are in place are too general and legislation is difficult to enforce [Bawden 2014]

The RSPCA suggests that DWAA licensing has seen 85-95% non-compliance with owners failing to apply for licenses or to keep them up to date. This makes it almost impossible to calculate the number of owners or animals currently being kept.

Others groups fear that a complete ban would not only be difficult to enforce but would also drive the trade underground or through overseas websites [Bawden 2014]

The Human Society International UK (HSIUK) and Monkey World are amongst those that simply want the regulations and enforcement improved whilst still allowing responsible owners to keep their pets.

The RSPCA and Wild Futures have conducted research into the possible numbers of primates kept as pets and using data from local authorities have found that in 2012 339 owners had licenses. This is thought to be an absolute minimum though and a further 33% has been added to this figure to take into account the number of species that have been delisted, such as squirrel monkeys and tamarins [Riley 2014].

They suggest that there are currently between 2485 and 7454 animals being kept as pets in the UK although this figure could be up to 9000.

Wild Futures reported that 82% (mostly capuchins which are DWAA listed) of the animals taken in at the Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall were not licensed [Hevesi 2014]

A report by Wild Futures (The Monkey Sanctuary Trust) also shows that behavioural and health problems are common in ex-pets. All of the ex-pets that were brought into the sanctuary showed at least one behavioural abnormality and many had health issues such as osteoporosis, metabolic bone disorder or obesity [Wild Futures 2009].