Tamil Nadu is gearing up to set up Kaduvur Slender Loris Sanctuary in an area shared by Karur and Dindigul districts. The Tamil Nadu government has notified the sanctuary under Section 26 (A) (1)(b) of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
The 11,800 hectares of Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary will cover Vedasandur, Dindigul East and Natham taluks in Dindigul, and Kadavur in the Karur district.
Recently, the Tamil Nadu government has also notified India’s first Dugong Conservation Reserve in Palk Bay, an elephant reserve at Agasthyamalai (Tirunelveli), Nanjarayan Tank Birds Sanctuary in Tiruppur and Kazhuveli Bird Sanctuary in Villipuram.
Slender loris, a species listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an Endangered species, plays a very crucial role in maintaining a healthy terrestrial ecosystem.
This species may be small in size and nocturnal, but they are the natural predator of agricultural pests. Though omnivorous, they primarily feed on various insects that harm crops. Their existence is beneficial to the farmers and the environment as they keep the pests’ population in check.
Several measures have been taken to improve and protect their natural habitat where they can safely exist, protected from the threat of habitat loss, hunting and poaching.