A rare albino slow loris that had been a victim of the illegal online trade in wildlife has been successfully reintroduced into the wild and is thriving back in the forest thanks to Uckfield based Animal International Rescue.
The Sumatran slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) was rescued in the nick of time by a team from the Natural Resources Conservation Department (BKSDA) in Bandar Lampung before he could be sold as a pet on Facebook.
The slow loris, named Alby by his rescuers, was confiscated in August 2018 from a man in Kalianda, South Lampung in Sumatra and taken for treatment and rehabilitation to the Animal Rescue Centre (PPS) Region III Bandar Lampung.
In October 2018, after undergoing treatment to restore him to full health, Alby was fitted with a radio-collar and released in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Our team monitored his movements and behaviour for nearly six months. Then, at the end of February, he was captured one last time so that the collar could be removed, marking the complete success of Alby’s rehabilitation and reintroduction.
“We have cut off Alby’s radio-collar,” confirmed Firman Taufik, a member of the paramedic team, on Wednesday night. “He is in good condition. He is a satisfactory weight and his body temperature is normal.”