“To keep wildlife in captivity is ... responsible for the death of many animals that will no longer be there for our future generations," Edward Hutapea, head of the Environment and Forestry Protection and Law Enforcement Agency in Pekanbaru, said, urging anyone in the region with wild animals to surrender them to the authorities so they can get the help and care they need.
But saving slow lorises can also happen online. According to IAR, the last few years have seen a boom in smugglers using social media to sell the animals they've stolen from the wild. "Facebook amongst other social networks, is one of the most popular, and is considered a safe means to offer and sell wildlife," IAR said. And this drives the demand for these "pets" up.