Zunheboto, June 11 (MExN): A Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) which lost its way and landed in human inhabited area of Asukhomi village under Zunheboto district was released back to its habitat by the GBs, Village Council and Joint Forest Management Committee (JFMC) members of the village.
The species is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. It is threatened with extinction due to growing demand in the exotic pet trade and traditional medicine market.
A press release received here on Friday informed that Asukhomi village has a rich Community Conserved Area (CCA) covering over 240 Ha and had been notified a Community Reserve Forest on June 3, 2020. The Divisional Forest Officer, Zunheboto, Dr Sentitula appreciated all the members of the village who took the initiative to release the Slow Loris back to its natural habitat and also acknowledged the support of Wildlife Warden Dimapur, Tokaho Kinimi.