Rare primate rescued during drugs raid to start new life thanks to Monkey World

Rare primate rescued during drugs raid to start new life thanks to Monkey World

Dr Alison Cronin

TAKEN: The Bengal Slow Loris was confiscated by Maldivian authorities in January 2014

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A RARE protected primate rescued by police during a drugs raid in the Maldives will soon be starting a new life thanks to Dorset’s Monkey World.

Ape rescue centre staff travelled to the Indian Ocean island nation as part of a rescue mission to bring the illegally trafficked Bengal Slow Loris to the UK.

Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin is assisting Maldivian government authorities, who have made several unsuccessful attempts to transfer the primate.

Speaking to journalists in the capital Male this week, Dr Cronin said: “This has never been done before, to move endangered species overseas from the Maldives. This has been an amazing, unprecedented international effort.”

The small primate was discovered during the drugs raid in January 2012. Since then local police have cared for the animal while the Maldives’ environment ministry tried to find it a suitable home.

Yesterday, Monkey World posted an update on the ongoing rescue mission on social media.

It read: “This is most unusual for us, we don’t normally announce rescues while they are ongoing, we prefer to wait until the rescued monkey or ape is safely back at Monkey World.

“However, on this occasion and in light of the fact that there is media interest and awareness of the rescue, we ought to bring you up to speed.

“Alison is currently in the Maldives on a rescue. The rescued loris will be coming back to Monkey World to complete its quarantine period only. Once completed he will be moved to a lovely new home in the UK, where he will have a companion to live with.”

A Monkey World spokesman said more details would only be released after the loris arrived safely at the park.

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11:32am Sat 16 Aug 14

elite50 says...

So Dr. Cronin flies from the U.K. to the Maldives to "save" a Bengal Slow Loris.
The Maldives are just off the coast of India and at last look Bengal was in India.
I take it that this is not a "humanitarian" gesture as she is taking it further away from its homeland.
It appears that Monkey World has just added another "side-show" exhibit to its façade.
Why don't they tell it like it is?
Sort of a side-show alley to make money from its exhibits.
So Dr. Cronin flies from the U.K. to the Maldives to "save" a Bengal Slow Loris. The Maldives are just off the coast of India and at last look Bengal was in India. I take it that this is not a "humanitarian" gesture as she is taking it further away from its homeland. It appears that Monkey World has just added another "side-show" exhibit to its façade. Why don't they tell it like it is? Sort of a side-show alley to make money from its exhibits. elite50
  • Score: -11

9:57pm Sat 16 Aug 14

twynhamob says...

And I'm sure she is happy to have her picture below that headline..... looks like she is the rare primate. Again the headline writers are having a laugh.
And I'm sure she is happy to have her picture below that headline..... looks like she is the rare primate. Again the headline writers are having a laugh. twynhamob
  • Score: -6

8:22am Sun 17 Aug 14

Carolyn43 says...

If bringing it so far from its natural home is the only way to ensure it's survival and future well-being, then great. Dr Cronin does necessary work to help endangered species.

The only animals on this planet causing problems are humans, some of whom think that they are the most important species at the expense of everything else.
If bringing it so far from its natural home is the only way to ensure it's survival and future well-being, then great. Dr Cronin does necessary work to help endangered species. The only animals on this planet causing problems are humans, some of whom think that they are the most important species at the expense of everything else. Carolyn43
  • Score: 8

12:33pm Sun 17 Aug 14

fizzy fert says...

When we get a cold winter spell the monkey zoo will be begging for old blankets again as usual cos they like begging.
When we get a cold winter spell the monkey zoo will be begging for old blankets again as usual cos they like begging. fizzy fert
  • Score: -4

11:20pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

Well. It may be a better story than the 'travelers'.
Well. It may be a better story than the 'travelers'. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

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