pygmy loris

Vietnam is a country of amazing biodiversity, including many rare and unusual species. One fascinating example is the pygmy loris. It is found only in certain forests of Southeast Asia. This little primate spends much of its day asleep in a tree, rolled into a ball. But at night, it climbs slowly and quietly through the trees in search of insects and fruit. This expert climber can hang by its feet from a branch, leaving its hands free for holding food.

Scientific Name: Nycticebus pygmaeus
Size: 7-8 inches and about a pound
Habitat: forests of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, southern China
Diet: fruits, insects, small animals
Characteristics: small, nocturnal primate with large eyes and short, thick fur
Threats: habitat loss, hunting
Cool fact: Living in groups with a social structure, they sometimes sleep in groups in the trees.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of Martha M. Hurley; Martha M. Hurley: courtesy of Martha M. Hurley.