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International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 971–982 | Cite as

Distribution and Conservation of Nycticebus bengalensis in Northeastern India

  • Sindhu Radhakrishna
  • Arup Ballav Goswami
  • Anindya Sinha
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We assessed the distribution and conservation status of Bengal slow lorises in Assam and Meghalaya in northeastern India. We surveyed forest reserves, plantations, tea estates, and areas bordering forests in 10 districts of the 2 states and sighted slow lorises in only 4 districts in Assam. Disturbances caused by tree felling, road kills by speeding vehicles, and trapping and hunting are the chief survival threats to the species. We emphasize immediate implementation of conservation measures to ensure the future of the species and recommend additional population surveys to define the distributional extent of Bengal slow lorises.

KEY WORDS

conservation distribution forest fragmentation India Nycticebus bengalensis relative abundance threats 

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation—Conservation International (MMBF), Wildlife Conservation Society—India Program (WCS-IP), and the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore, India funded the study. We thank Anthony Rylands and Ella Outlaw of MMBF and Ullas Karanth and Samba Kumar of WCS-IP for their valuable advice and support throughout the project. We thank the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF Wildlife) of the Assam and Meghalaya Forest Departments for permission to conduct the survey and the respective forest officials of both states for their cooperation and aid in our work. Raju Kumar Nath, Puspo Swargiari, J. Jugen, James Marak, and Hari Chetry rendered great assistance in the field. Many friends, family members, and wildlife researchers helped us in our preparations for the study, during the actual survey, and through data analysis; our sincere thanks to Prabal Sarkar, Buddhin Hazarika, the Pygmy Hog Conservation Breeding Programme in Guwahati, particularly Gautam Narayan, Nandita Hazarika, and Dr Parag Deka, P. C. Bhattacharjee, Dilip Chetry, Ajay Sarmah, Narayan Sharma, Anjan Talukdar, Kaberi Kar Gupta, Anwaruddin Choudhury, Padmeshwar Gogoi, K. Haridasan, Sham Davande, Arundati Das, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Anil Govind, Jobi Chacko, Kakoli Mukhopadhyay, Geeta Balagopal, N. Balagopal, Hemalatha Radhakrishna, N. Radhakrishna Pillai, Sushila Pillai, Govinda Pillai, M. D. Madhusudan, Divya Mudappa, T. R. Shankar Raman, and Aarathi Krishnan. We also express our thanks to 2 anonymous reviewers whose comments greatly enhanced the quality of the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sindhu Radhakrishna
    • 1
    • 2
  • Arup Ballav Goswami
    • 3
  • Anindya Sinha
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.National Institute of Advanced StudiesBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Wildlife Conservation SocietyBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Honorary Wildlife WardenAssamIndia
  4. 4.Nature Conservation FoundationMysoreIndia

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