Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary has been notified by Tamil Nadu’s government today.
The sanctuary is one of its kind in the world covering 11,806 hectares of forest land in the Karur and Dindigul districts of the state.
What Are Slender Loris?
- Slender lorises or Loris are a genus of loris native to India and Sri Lanka.
- The primates have lifespans of approximately 15 years and are nocturnal.
- They are found in tropical rainforests, scrub forests, semi-deciduous forests, and swamps.
The significant step for conservation efforts will be essential in protecting the endangered species as many are already on the verge of extinction.
Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary Facts
- The nocturnal creatures known as slender lorises live in trees.
- Loris lives primarily among trees.
- The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies the species as endangered (IUCN).
- Farmers profit from slender loris, a biological predator of pests in crops.
- In the terrestrial environment, the species has a wide variety of ecological responsibilities and importance to perform.
- The enhancement of Kadavur’s habitat, conservation initiatives, and threat reduction measures are essential to its existence.
The efforts of the Tamil Nadu government toward the environment, national parks, and wildlife are remarkable and commendable.
Last month, on Sept 21, 2022, the Tamil Nadu government notified Palk Bay that became the first “Dugong Conservation Reserve” in the country, with a total area of 448 square km, the region includes the coastal waters of the Thanjavur and Pudokottai districts.
Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary And Endangered Species?
- An endangered species is considered at risk of being extinct.
- To decide whether an animal is endangered or not, there are certain categories that include threatened, endangered, and critically endangered.
These include: Do the species have a large percentage of its vital habitat under threat or has it been over-consumed by human activities?
What We Lose When Animals Go Extinct?
- Habitat loss is the loss of habitat to humans, followed by hunting and fishing.
- Habitat loss happens as humans continue to develop agriculture and land for housing and commercial purposes.
- Though the habitat is not lost entirely, it may be altered to an extent where wildlife cannot adapt.
Why is Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary Notified?
Notifying ensures and supports sanctuary with species mainly endangered, that are brought to live and kept to protect them by the support of the local government.
In India, there are a total of 565 wildlife sanctuaries in which different species are kept and protected from being extinct. Sanctuaries are an experimental ground for transformative human-animal relations.