Endangered Species ‘Slender Loris’ Gets First-Ever Dedicated Sanctuary in India – Details Here

New Delhi: Slender Loris are small nocturnal animals that spend most of their lives on trees. Native to southern India and Sri Lanka, the slender loris is an endangered animal according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Feeding on pests that are harmful to crops, the species plays a vital role as a predator. The species fulfills a wide variety of ecological roles in the terrestrial ecosystem.

On Wednesday, an Indian state announced the announcement of the country’s first-ever sanctuary dedicated to this arboreal animal. The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, Government of Tamil Nadu has registered 11,806 hectares of forest areas in Karur and Dindigul districts, southern Indian state, as the country’s first Slender Loris Sanctuary.

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According to the Government of Tamil Nadu, Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary (India’s first such) is said to have 11,806 hectares of land (in 7 blocks) in Karur and Dindigul districts under Section 26(A)(1)(b) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 .

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In recent months, the government of Tamil Nadu had also announced the announcement of India’s first Dugong Conservation Reserve in Palk Bay, the narrow strip of sea connecting Indian Tamil Nadu and the coastal state of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. In addition, Bird Reserves, Elephant Reserves, etc. have also been registered in the past year and a half.

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