(Colombo Lankapuvath) One of Sri Lanka
`s rarest, Slender Loris (Unahapuluwa) who was considered to as an extinct was found from the Horton Plains after the lapse of 72 years.
A group of researchers from the Colombo University and Open University conducting engaged in an expedition came across several of these rare species from the areas.
Speaking to Lankapuvath leader of the research group Saman Gamage said that one of the kind was captured, photographed and then released to the wild again.
The Horton Plains slender loris was to be seen 04 times between 1939 and 2002 and they disappeared from time to time where it was believed that it completely disappeared due to extinct.
The species can be categorized in to two groups, the Red Slender Loris and the gray and the one found in Horton Place is called the red slender loris said Mr Saman Gamage. It is classified by the IUCN Red List as Endangered.
Gamage added that the species is considered to be among the 25 species endangerment and evolutionary distinctness. It is placed as the number 22 species facing extinct in the world of mammals.
Slender lorises are small nocturnal primates which are only found in the tropical forests of southern India
and Sri Lanka.
They are about 6-10 inches long (15cm-25cm) and have large saucer-like eyes which help their night-time hunting. The slender loris` round head is dominated by two large, closely set, saucer-like brown eyes. They flank a long nose which ends in a heart-
shaped knob. The eyes are surrounded by dark-brown to black circles of fur, while the bridge of the nose is white and has a small, narrow lower jaw. The ears are large and round. Its coat is light red-brown or gray-brown on its back and dirty white on its chest and belly. The fur on its forearms, hands and feet is short. The slender loris has small finger nails on its digits. The second digit on the hand and foot are very short. They move on the same plane as the thumb, which helps them grasp branches and twigs.
The team of researchers including Dr U K G K Padmalal of the Open University and Professor S W Kotagama of the University of Colombo are conducting further research into the species and its existence which was caught on camera after 72 years.