Distribution and Conservation ofNycticebus bengalensisin Northeastern India

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Abstract

We assessed the distribution and conservation status of Bengal slow lorises in Assam and Meghalaya in northeastern India. We surveyed forest reserves, plantations, tea estates, and areas bordering forests in 10 districts of the 2 states and sighted slow lorises in only 4 districts in Assam. Disturbances caused by tree felling, road kills by speeding vehicles, and trapping and hunting are the chief survival threats to the species. We emphasize immediate implementation of conservation measures to ensure the future of the species and recommend additional population surveys to define the distributional extent of Bengal slow lorises.

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