India To Get Its First Sanctuary Dedicated To Slender Loris In Tamil Nadu

by Suchismita Pal
India To Get Its First Sanctuary Dedicated To Slender Loris In Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu will launch India’s first dedicated sanctuary to slender loris, a species declared ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Slender lorises are small creatures with big, round eyes that thrive in the forests of India and Sri Lanka.

The creatures fall under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of India, 1972.

Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary In Tamil Nadu To Cover An Area Of 11,806 Hectares

The Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary will cover an area of nearly 11,806 hectares across the Karur and Dindigul districts. The state will open the sanctuary in an effort to protect and conserve the slender loris population in the state. These nocturnal animals play a major role in maintaining the ecological balance. These petite creatures usually live on trees and feed on pests, insects and reptiles. Thus, they help in controlling pests naturally. Slender lorises are known for their slow, careful movements.


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Government Is Taking Steps To Restore Slender Loris Habitat In Tamil Nadu

Slender lorises in Tamil Nadu had fallen prey to poaching and smuggling and their numbers started diminishing at a rapid rate. Deforestation is another reason for their decline. The Tamil Nadu government has started taking steps to protect the species and restore its habitat.

Taking to Twitter, IAS and Additional Chief Secretary Environment Climate Change & Forests, Govt of Tamil Nadu, Supriya Sahu congratulated the state for launching the first-of-kind sanctuary in India. Sahu stated that slender lorises are ‘shy and enigmatic’ in nature.

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We can’t wait for the sanctuary to open its doors. Are you excited too? The sanctuary will be an addition to the long list of existing attractions in Tamil Nadu.

Feature Image Credits: Twitter/@CMOTamilnadu