Scientists To Tag Borneo’s Loris “Capirossi”

by Jaxon S on July 21, 2011

in Borneo Flora and Fauna

Sorry about the title, I couldn’t resist it. But if the Italian motor racing star Loris Capirossi ever slows down in his career, he might very well acquire the tag “slow loris.”

Back to the issue of slow loris, when was the last time you saw the animal, or known as kongkang in Malay or tondoyutung in Momogun? Like I’ve not see this cute little animal for decades and almost forgotten that it existed if not for a recent news saying scientists was tagging a Bornean slow loris for the first time.

The move was part of efforts by the Sabah wildlife department to study the primate’s behaviour. What did they say? Primate? I never thought for once that slow lorises are categorised as primate.

Benoit Goossens, director of the Danau Girang Field Centre that is spearheading the study, said in a statement that through the study they hoped to raise the awareness in Sabah on the importance of protecting nocturnal primates as much as protecting orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and elephants.

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Barbara Staskelunas March 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I was climbing Mt Kinabalu about 20 years ago and there was a downpour which caused the trail to become flooded . Then we had to step over all these huge worm like creatures that resembled earthworms. They seemed to be about 12 inches long and were about 2 inches circumference. They were greyish in color and had rings around the top of the body. I can,t find any info on these creatures and would love to know what exactly they are called.
Also I sat on a rock to rest and was scared off by a huge blue centipede. For years I have wondered what they were. Would you have any answers.

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