Loris Nycticebus coucang
Head and body length of N. coucang is up to 265-380 mm.
Weights range from 375 - 2000 g. The soft, thick, wooly fur
is a light brownish gray to reddish brown above, sometimes tipped
with a lighter color. The underparts are lighter buff or gray.
There is usually a dark midline along the neck and back and
a dark streak between the orbital rings.
Because of an unusual hand formation N. coucang has an
extremely strong grip, the thumb is almost perpendicular to
the other fingers and the great toe is perpendicular or points
even slightly backward.
N. coucang is primarily arboreal and strictly nocturnal,
foraging mainly on fruits and gum. Preferred habitat is dense
vegetation in secondary rainforest and deciduous forest. A continuous
canopy provides N. coucang with both food and shelter as no
nests are built. Slow lorises are solitary, using scent for
communication. They have extremely slow metabolic rates for
their body weight - 40 percent lower than expected for an animal
of their size.
After a gestation period of 193 days, females produce one offspring
and occasionally twins. The female will park her baby on a branch
for a short time while foraging. Young are weaned at 9 months
and have an expected lifespan of 12-14 years.
N. coucang is dwindling in numbers due to increased habitat
loss to agriculture and logging and to hunting. They are located
in Sulu Arch. (S Philippines); the Malay Peninsula, Tioman and
offshore islands, Sumatra, Bangka, Java, Borneo, and Natuna