11 endangered lorises rescued in Henan

13:37, November 12, 2010      

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A loris. (Photo by Li Kang, dahe.cn)

Eleven endangered lorises were rescued by the Henan Wildlife Rescue Center in Xinxiang in October 2010.

The lorises, as one of China's national treasures, are extremely afraid of the cold and can only survive in hot and humid environments about 30 degrees Celsius. Five out of the total 11 rescued lorises have died.

After approval from the State Forestry Administration, the six surviving lorises were transported from Zhengzhou to Xishuang Banna in Yunnan Province on the evening of Nov. 10, and they will be returned to a tropical rain forest on Nov. 11. This is the first time that China has released animals under first-class state protection in a different province in the history of China's wildlife rescues.

During the National Day holidays in 2010, the Henan Wildlife Rescue Center rescued 11 lorises under first-class state protection, including seven grown lorises and four smaller lorises. They were all suffering from serious illness when they were rescued. Their situation was very critical.

Lorises are animals under first-class state protection. They are distributed in subtropical regions, such as Yunnan and Guangxi in China. This animal is in danger of extinction and there are only about 1,500 lorises in China. As there are no suitable habitats for lorises in Henan, the State Forestry Administration agreed to release the six surviving lorises that meet field release conditions in the Xishuang Banna region in Yunnan Province, according to Liu Zhanjun, director of the Henan Wildlife Rescue Center.

By People's Daily Online


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