Photo by Joshua Prieto

Meet the slow loris, the only existing venomous primate. This adorable creature, whose big eyes and timid demeanor have garnered it internet fame and media attention, is now threatened with extinction as they become increasingly popular as pets. Wildlife Alliance rescues these small mammals from markets and poachers where they are sold as pets or for traditional medicine.

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Meet Pey

Pey was rescued from a market on the outskirts of Phnom Penh by a well-meaning Cambodian who purchased her in an attempt to save her from a trader. She was found terrified, stressed, and in desperate need of medical attention.

Slow lorises are the only venomous primates in the world, and can secrete a toxin from glands located on their elbows, which when mixed with their saliva, produces a toxic bite. In order to sell her as a pet, Pey’s teeth had been painfully clipped off. Unfortunately, this means that she will have to live at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center so keepers can ensure she receives proper care and a sufficient diet, which would be impossible for her in the wild.

Although Pey will never be able to return to the forest, you can help keep her happy and comfortable, and ensure the best possible future for her by making a sponsorship!


4 Ways You Can Help Slow Lorises

  1. It is important not to like or share slow loris videos online or take photos with lorises used as tourist attractions! These animals might look cute being tickled or fed rice balls, or shown as attractions along streets and beaches, but they are actually suffering. Lorises lift their arms when they are threatened, and these nocturnal animals are extremely sensitive to bright light. If you see a slow loris used as a tourist attraction in Cambodia, please call our Wildlife Rescue Hotline at +855-12-500-094 or email
  2. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and help us raise awareness about the slow loris tourist and pet trade with your friends.
  3. Slow lorises are hunted for their use in traditional medicine, as well as for the pet and tourist trade. Help the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team put an end to this insidious trade before it is too late by making a gift today.
  4. Make a Sponsorship! Your gift will help care for rescued and victimized animals.