This nocturnal primate spends the day curled up in a tight ball. It approaches prey slowly and stealthily, before reaching out and grabbing it with both hands.
Head and body length: 18-26cm, Tail length: 4-7mm, Weight: 102-285g.
Slender lorises have long, thin limbs, with efficient grasping hands and opposable thumbs. They vary in colour from brown to grey or red.
They range across Sri Lanka and Southern India.
They inhabit tropical rainforest, scrub forest, semi-deciduous forest and swamps.
Slender lorises mostly feed on insects, but they also eat shoots, fruits, leaves, flowers, eggs and small mammals, birds and reptiles.
Although they forage alone, slender lorises sleep in groups of 2-4. They spend the day sleeping in a tight ball up a tree, and become active in the evening.
Slender lorises breed twice a year, usually between May & December. They typically give birth to one offspring, but sometimes two.
Slender lorises are considered to be Vulnerable by the 2000 IUCN Red List.