I like how you put a What you can have substitution. Just asking because I think it would be awesome to have these as pets. The popularity of these Asian primates took off when a private owner of one uploaded a video of their pet, named Sonya, getting its under arms tickled. Sometimes you can't. They are also difficult to breed and maintain outside of natural-esque colonies, so their populations are not high even where captive-bred animals are available. Yes, they are smuggled within their country so that they can be brought here. We have witnessed several successes in law enforcement operations undertaken, of which the major ones resulted in prosecutions of perpetrators and a large number of lorises confiscated. The centre is the only one in Indonesia to specialise in the rescue and rehabilitation of slow … Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Not that I have the time or money. Red pandas aren't pandas. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Slow Loris at the Discogs Marketplace. Though lorises are protected under national and international laws (CITES, Appendix I) and listed as Critically Endangered (Javan lorises) and Vulnerable (Sumatran and Bornean lorises) under the IUCN Red list, lorises still remain to be traded in large numbers, an estimated 1,698 lorises are hunted from the wild for the trade (based on local bird markets and online trade monitoring data, YIARI, 2017). Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on May 26, 2015: I guess that's true, although I've heard sloths are difficult. I haven't seen kangaroo rats in captivity recently either, possibly because they are not easy-care rodents and no one is trying to breed them. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 30, 2014: Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on March 29, 2014: Thank you for your writing a very interesting hub :) Have a great week. I said, "If a person can keep a gerbil, they can keep a serval, period." No, the Slow Loris does not make a good pet. Why you can't have one: Penguins are protected under the Lacey Act and are illegal to possess without certain permits that aren't likely to be available to pet owners. Insane Mundane from Earth on August 31, 2013: @ Mr. Jones: We look forward to reading your future Hubs about exotic pets... LOL! If not, maybe you shouldn't be saying they can't be pets. I respect her opinion and I respect yours. A thin, dark stripe runs down the back. These marsupials have become a symbol of fuzzy cuteness even though they can be quite vicious. Slow Loris, originating from the depths of Asia, the primate is a CITES 1 animal, which means it is at significant risk of extinction in the wild, sharing its critical status with African Elephants, Gorilla, and Orangutans. Perhaps my point is getting lost in too many words, so allow me to make my statement as clear as I can. I am proud of each and every one of them. Early 2017 saw the arrests of three online traders of lorises in West Java, where 41 lorises were confiscated and the bust of an illegal sanctuary for lorises with the intent of breeding in West Kalimantan, where 18 lorises were confiscated. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on September 10, 2014: Pilot whales aren't whales. I personally don't believe that any person can claim that a single animal type is appropriate for another person without knowing that person or his or her education /very/ well before making this statement. They are beautiful animals. Mountain goats are not goats. Mantis shrimp aren't shrimp. I don't comment on them because there would be no need to. It will teach you all about the exotic pet trade. When the detrimental effects of the illegal exotic pet trade are discussed, the slow loris is often brought up. Free Return Exchange or money back guarantee for all … It is my opinion that in order to provide helpful commentary on the subject, you will need to support your viewpoint. Privacy statement | They are demanding and relatively socially complex. Many people are not aware that cheetahs, compared to other big cats, are not really dangerous and are sometimes kept as pets (often illegally) in other parts of the world where they can be walked on a leash like a dog. • Slow loris YouTube videos fuel endangered species trade Why you can't have one: I'm not sure, but they just don't seem to exist in the American pet trade, unlike many other monkeys and lemurs. Their small size and sheer uniqueness may make them appear to be cool pets, and they very well may be (for advanced keepers as they are primates, although not as intelligent as monkeys and apes.) 59 likes. I can't answer your question. The genus is made up of 3 species: – Sunda slow loris. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on February 27, 2014: Thank you Everyday Miracles . They are also vulnerable to moulds and spores. There definitely is an allure to owning unique pets! From $3.64. From Russian Federation. Boy are they gorgeous though! I hope these liars get theirs, someday. A multi-dimensional approach was implemented to understand trade networks focusing on profiling pet owners, physical markets and online trade monitoring, identifying hunting hotspots and profiling hunters, awareness and education activities targeting different social demographics involved in the trade, and finally increasing the capacity of law enforcement and government officials. of course they are more then what most people can/should get, and of course we should let them live in the wild to be hunted, eaten and generally die of untreated illnesses and diseases... ok last part was trolling ;). Penguins have gained obvious popularity. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on January 29, 2014: Carlon Michelle from USA on January 29, 2014: What a great article. Illegal pet traders in Indonesia told Dr. Nekaris that they remove the animals’ teeth not to protect future owners, but to prevent slow lorises from harming each other and ruining their price. They also don't require deep sand boxes to satisfy digging urges and are far more adaptable to a more typical pet-keeping situation. Adopt a Slow Loris . I've been trying to find out but in getting no where. Mostly, the litter consists of one offspring, but rarely, it can be two. Plus, a serval's food would cost more, the exercise would be more extensive, enrichment would be much more intense and complex, and their enclosure would be MUCH more different. To find my posts, refer to the last 20 pages or so, as it is quite lengthy. Emperor penguins are obviously only suitable for captivity in publicly funded professional zoos and aquariums, but there are smaller penguins that tolerate warmer temperatures which originate from Africa and New Zealand (however, here is one owner of a king penguin, a bird which originates from Sub-Antarctic regions). Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on July 01, 2014: Zoos like to keep animals away from private owners, as of recent. They are marsupials. Therefore it is unlikely that there are captive breeders selling animals to the people who own them in an ethical and sustainable fashion. Answer: They are rare, even in zoos. slow loris eats a live grasshopper. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on August 12, 2013: Don't be sorry, they are so cool, but please drop some off here in the US to override that embargo :/. But my site obviously doesn't discourage people from owning pets as do so many other sites and while all animals have degrees of difficulty with care, just like human babies, I don't need to repeatedly disparage the idea of owning them in every sentence. However, this success story of the rescue of slow loris triggers the question of how many people still are not aware which animals can be pets and which can not be. a bushbaby would also be an alternative to a slow loris. They aren't listed on CITES or anything. Voted up and useful! It isn't much harder to pour a bowl of cat food than it is gerbil food (I don't believe in feeding raw food so don't bring that up). Exotic animals can also be kept in outdoor enclosures (in the right climate) if their unpleasant habits become overwhelming. When young, they demand a lot of attention, and the owner should carry them in a makeshift pouch if they are to be raised alone. Some of the sub-species are critically endangered, and they are heavily protected. This is certainly not a pet for someone who just wants a pet and not specifically a wallaby. Slow Loris - Funk, Blues, Soul, Rock, Jazz, in an improv setting It displays and sells otters, bats, sloths, penguins, meerkats, and more, along with more traditional pets. Why you can't have one: Like other threatened and uncommon exotics, these animals are not in the private sector and are distributed amongst accredited zoos only, as they should be. A serval would destroy your house with its claws and teeth (and no declawing should not be an option as it is cruel and disgusting). Don't let their toy size fool you, though. I don't need to own any of these animals to obtain real information on them. Uh, I think that Jerboa fell off our spaceship while we were performing some routine genetic experiments; sorry about that... Ha! Several species of this unique animal exist. They are described by some as being very good natured. Pretty good article, I enjoyed it. I must, however, point out that your article is somewhat misguided in the alternatives you refer to. They are active and noisy, and have traditional exotic pet tendencies that may make them a handful for people expecting more tame cat and dog-like behavior. Slow Loris. I don't know of any laws against it but you probably need special permission to import animals. They come in different sizes based on the species, and they closely resemble a kangaroo rat, although they have a far stranger appearance. Five orangutans released back into the wild in West Borneo had previously all been rescued from captivity after their mothers had been killed so that their... read more, For the second time within the space of one month, the Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in West Kalimantan,... read more, © International Animal Rescue | Her hubs are incredibly well-researched and she writes with a great deal of authority as the owner of exotic pets herself. ‘I'm not so sure about other people but I immediately felt as though I should have one as a pet. You can't have meerkats because the Fish and Wildlife Service claims that they are prohibited under the Lacey Act of 1900 as a potentially invasive species, along with eighteen other species of mongoose. I mean, most of them say what I want to say (only they say it a lot better), while this one is fun. I am capable to take care of this animal, I can provide everything it would need. Red pandas are surging in popularity. International Animal Rescue help suffering animals such as slow lorises. CT-tamarins can be kept in a large cage (at least around 6'x8') with around three individuals successfully. Meerkats have been made famous by Disney's The Lion King. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on February 14, 2014: Yes Logan, I have a genet and from what I read, they are more 'tolerable' over meerkats. Anyway, I took that comment to mean that most of the parrots in our country have been smuggled here illegally. This bird is also responsible for the O RLY meme. I'm not the author of this hub and for that reason, perhaps I shouldn't get involved here, but I find it astonishing that anyone would call a hub author "ignorant" without providing additional information about why you make this statement. A serval basically needs the same thing dogs do, or most mammals. The most common place for them to be kept as pets is in their native countries where they are sold directly, hence why it is pointless to blame the pet trade in North America for this devastating result of people’s pet-keeping desires. Furthermore the suggestions of kinkajou, servals, wallabies, any primate at all, fennec fox, prairie dogs and bushbabies are very ignorant. Some interesting looking animals. Both require pretty much the same things. I just wanted conformation on wether or not it was possible. Underground Reptiles in Florida have Sand cats foe sale as we speak for 1,700.00. C $63.33. Obviously, koalas are on it and are even uncommon in accredited American zoos. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. They are the only feline native to true deserts and have a distribution that includes Northern Africa and Central Asia. People like to put them in cages at night, which is harmful to their mental well-being as they are active at night and require a lot of nocturnal stimulation. They are often removed directly from the wild, their teeth painfully yanked out (but slow lorises are not actually venomous), and shipped to other countries. Saving animals from suffering around the world | However, other countries do sell them. I mean this with no disrepsect, but i was just wondering why you would recommend "alternative" animals that are as equally unsuitable for captivity as the "exotic" ones you mention? For Christ Sake... Leave These Animals Alone - And Get Yourself A Dog Or A Cat! This is just a list of animals people can never hope to own in this country, and exotic pets that are obtainable. Many animals such as meerkats, sloths, and slow lorises have risen in popularity due to being featured in TV shows and viral YouTube videos. Kangaroo rats are not rats. Loris is an arboreal (animal which lives on trees) and slow-moving animal. Cookies, Saving animals from suffering around the world, Lime House Regency Close, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1DS, United Kingdom, Five orangutans formerly kept in captivity as pets in West Borneo are returned to freedom in the rainforest, Five Year Old orangutan saved from life as a pet. They are called Koalas - not Koala bears. Is it possible to get these animals as pets in the United States (without owning a zoo)? The kinkajou closely resembles a primate but is actually a procyonid, which is a taxonomic group containing raccoons, ringtail cats, and coatimundis. Entitled "The Most Controversial Pet Shop," the depicts a shop in Japan called The Inner City Zoo. Balanced on teeny legs, they dart and hop across the floor. Again, their human-like qualities and waddle make them a favorite with people, and this was highlighted by the 2005 film March of the Penguins and 2006's Happy Feet. Accessibility | What, did you think wild macaws were captured in the US? People Like You Contribute To Illegal Animal Trade And Poaching. 300 likes. Enlightening and sad. Marmosets of any sort are the size of pocket pets, but they are anything but an animal like a dwarf rabbit or hamster. I still respectfully disagree: That is up to the individual potential owner to determine what makes /for them/ a good pet. And, although we can't have North American birds of prey, what about birds from other countries? Slow Loris Facts: 1-5. The Dreamwork film Kung Fu Panda features an anthropomorphic animated version. Like the jerboa, their imports are restricted due to the African rodent embargo, but there are enough captive animals to sustain the American pet trade. I am a poster there, under G.Dianne Smith. Both of which have their merits, but are not a good enough reason to think you should be entitled to own a serval and certainly not a cheetah. This is not an uneducated woman in the least. I've seen more examples of those making great pets and they often stand up on two legs if that's what the owner is after. In the mountans is a perfect place. If anything, the pet trade will increase their numbers so that their DNA still exists in the world. I learned about some odd pets I can have. However, my efforts were futile.’, And above she says in response to someone who wishes he could get hold of some: ‘they are so cool, but please drop some off here in the US to override that embargo :/’. I have to say 'Of Wolf & Man' that it does sound like you are calling my beliefs ignorant because of this sentence: "I mean that so far as this belief is an ignorant one - a belief you hold without knowing all the facts." It basically follows the story of one, ONE, bad owner who had no business keeping what he had, and various other insubstantial criticisms about reptile shows. Lorises have the similar appeal of sloths—with their lazy, human-like appearance and mannerisms, complemented by strange nocturnal eyes, many videos of the creatures soon become viral hits after. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on September 01, 2013: That is what I plan Insane Mundane. Prairie dogs stand bipedally like meerkats, live a similar lifestyle in the wild, and are not prone to aggressive attacks toward strangers in captivity. Its huge brown eyes and soft fur make this small nocturnal primate highly prized as a pet and the victim of an online craze created by videos on YouTube. Not only would this not be a good idea for the species, but they aren’t going to be legally available anyway. I've been looking into getting a Sugar Glider. Its bites do produce venom, which can be dangerous. One of the main threats to loris populations in Indonesia, forcing their numbers in the wild to decline rapidly is the rampant illegal pet trade. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on April 20, 2015: It depends on the species, the place. For potential wildcat owners, servals are a common and easily propagated medium-sized African cat that have the exotic look of the cheetah wrapped up in a smaller package. Hence why I said that :), This article is tantamount to an incitement to break the law – what is the author’s following comment in respect of the Jerboa supposed to mean, other than she tried to get round the law to obtain one? Does animal welfare and ethics come into this or is it purely based on legalities of ownership? Some people keep them in Japan as well. I would be interested in seeing an article like this, written by yourself of course, but with a bit more understanding and research behind it. The slow loris has a tail hidden in the dense fur of its body. Owls would probably mostly be eye candy (hands off) animals in a large aviary. The cotton-top tamarin you mentioned as a possible pet alternative is a critically endangered primate and one of the worlds rarest species. Why you can't have one: They aren’t available in the United States due to their exportation being illegal, for good reason. Australia doesn't allow any exports of their wildlife, except for conservation purposes. I'd just prefer to give you the benefit of the doubt before thinking of you as a villain, I choose to see the good in everyone. This practice is quite cruel, and many Lorises die because of it. Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on June 26, 2014: Hello miss melissa. This merchandise helps to fund COP Borneo please help us to rescue & rehabilitate more rainforest animals. Lucy--It's based on legality and obtainability, however I support exotic pet ownership. Update 2018: One seller started offering sand cats for the hefty price of $20,000 for a pair. I believe that fennec foxes adjust to their owners schedules as do the normally nocturnal ferrets and semi-nocturnal cats. Why you can't have one: Cheetahs are rare in the United States and are mainly found in accredited zoos. Does the Slow Loris Make a Good Pet. Slow Loris Education Education activities, in combination with conservation programmes, are important in creating an impact on people’s perceptions about conservation issues. Don't take this as an insult, I mean it only as constructive criticism. Why you can't have one: These animals are sold as pets sometimes in other countries but are heavily regulated in the States. The Slow Loris is a primate, specifically one that is part of the genus Nycticebus. Harboring any native owls requires a federal permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Bush babies are primates called prosimians (like tarsiers), and they originate alternatively from Africa. Parrots are terrible pets. The slow loris in Indonesia is in serious danger of extinction and the greatest threat to its survival is the illegal trade in wildlife. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Marmosets are small, New World monkeys in a group along with tamarins called callitrichids. They were born to be free in the wild. Hannah, show me one photo of a macaw with pink in its foliage. By shoppzee. Insane Mundane from Earth on August 12, 2013: This was a really good Hub filled with a lot of interesting animals. These animals are not easy to breed, hence why they are uncommon in zoos. Thanks for sharing and for all the research. By ignorant, I don't mean you as a person are ignorant, I mean that so far as this belief is an ignorant one - a belief you hold without knowing all the facts. I might have to start removing them. Pet Slow Loris As Pets Unique Shirt Gift Call In Late Sticker. However, most of us will never know. How can you obtain a permit? Law enforcement work to mitigate the trade is on-going due to the extent and complexity of trade networks involved. Hannah strikes again, with a link that says: " A pink macaw taken from Brazil will sell for as much as $2,000 in Italy.". Melissa cares for a variety of exotic animals and has completed a certificate in veterinary assisting and a bachelor's degree in biology. The animals were once available here. Buy It Now. I enjoyed reading about the pets that nobody can and should have. It's too bad. ", 1) ppl should be able to own whatever they want if they can care for it (endangered species are exempt from this), 2) the author has never been to Nebraska if they are talking about importing prairie dogs. Worldwide. If you read my comment again I try to make it clear I mean no disrespect or insult. Marta and Willis were the first attempt by IAR to rehabilitate slow lorises and return them back to the wild. Subscribe to be the first to hear about our exclusive offers and latest arrivals! Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on July 08, 2014: A great hub which will be useful to many. I would love to have a white owl or a penguin. While you are obviously permitted to have your own opinion, many supporters of private ownership and conservation efforts would call someone who stands in opposition to private ownership "ignorant.". But I think there is a certain allure to being able to interact with such creatures. People are probably unaware of this fact because these animals are not very common, even in North American zoos. I love how you gave alternative solutions though. By ignorant, I don't mean deliberately, I mean accidentally, but perhaps it was the wrong word. Not until I see some real credible evidence will I believe this. IAR also routinely conducts capacity building workshops with government agencies and the police in investigation techniques, species identification, understanding and recognising trade routes and encouraging fast reaction time to wildlife crime in order to tackle the trade more effectively and to see it through till prosecutions of offenders. Why can't you have meerkats? They are smuggled within countries like Brazil, handed through different buyers, and eventually smuggled into the US. What you can get: Sugar gliders are popular Australian marsupials that require some research to care for but are readily available in the pet trade. @Melissa, if you read this and feel the same as @Everyday Miracles, just understand it was not my intent...perhaps I should have worded certain phrases better. They are definitely one of the easier exotics to keep looking at some other additions on this list. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on September 11, 2014: But you were right with that last part Steve. While some people do in fact have some of the animals you mentioned in your post as "pets," they should not be kept as pets. Adriana Mile from Chisinau, Moldova on November 15, 2013: Insane Mundane from Earth on September 01, 2013: Yeah, my username represents the majority of the inhabitants on this planet, not me... : ). Just give them what they need, it isn't hard, and it's WAY more affordable than raising a human child which most of the populace does. That being said, the idea that it is wrong to own a serval is just your OPINION. Sept. 26, 2017 - Officials in West Sumatra, Indonesia, rescued nine slow lorises from being sold on the illegal pet market. Clearly she's done her research, and if you disagree with her, your part of any debate is to defend your position with supporting facts. Free In-store Pickup. However, like the panda bear, the red panda are threatened in the wild due to habitat loss, although they are classified by IUCN as vulnerable with only 10,000 mature individuals existing in the wild. P.S., I have no problem at all with removing your comments and I will start to if you start repeating yourself, such as in the meerkat article. If the small monkeys have no habitat to expand in, their numbers will not magically re-appear in the wild by abolishing the pet trade. This would essentially make re-homing them impossible without psychological overhaul. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on July 20, 2014: Poon, they are captive bred. Wallabies are common amongst exotic mammal keepers and are easier to care for than tree kangaroos. On some of the videos, they have been described as aliens for a good reason. I like the pictures too. Description: The slow loris has short, woolly fur that can range in color from pale yellow to light brownish-gray to reddish-brown. Sand cats are strange-looking, small, and exotic felines that have a somewhat close resemblance to our domesticated fare, but their heads have an interesting distinction. They have a round head with large, forward-facing eyes. Their rareness as pets is probably for the best, considering their difficult care and the extreme bond they would have with their owners. Pygmy marmosets are a particular type of marmoset that is incredibly small, and pictures of them circulate and induce a lot of "Awws." Their trunk is longer than that of other living strepsirrhines and ar… These magnificent birds were popularized by the absurdly popular Harry Potter books and movies. Find great deals on eBay for slow loris pet. Sand cats are basically the feline version of the fennec fox in appearance, which is a desert canid that requires relatively easy care and make fascinating pets. 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