Pygmy lorises sometimes apply toxic saliva to the fur of their infants to protect them when the mother is away.
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aka Lesser Slow Loris
The pygmy loris is a small, nocturnal primate with a compact body, short dense fur, and a small round head with large, saucer-shaped eyes. Instead of a long tail for climbing, they crawl slowly along branches, hand-over-foot, using large hands and opposable thumbs.
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Due to capture for the pet trade, and because 76% of their native habitat has been lost to logging and military activities, the pygmy loris is becoming increasingly rare. Less than 13% of their population lives in protected areas.
The Minnesota Zoo, in cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), currently participates in the Pygmy Slow Loris Species Survival Plan (SSP). Part of this includes managing the breeding of this species in order to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population in zoos. Since 2001, the Minnesota Zoo has successfully birthed 7 pygmies that have gone into the SSP pool.