A photo of the rarely seen Slow Loris (Nycticeus coucang) taken from secondary forest along Old Upper Thomson Road during a biodiversity survey in September 2015. I have seen only twice before in Sabah and Panti but this is the first time I have seen one in Singapore. Unfortunately, it doesn’t count as a Singapore tick as this individual was already dead, probably electrocuted by the old power line.
Fig. 1. View of the Slow Loris carcass lying on its left side at the edge of the road.
Fig. 2. View of the section of Mandai Road where the Slow Loris carcass was found (at lower right corner of picture).
Photograph by Chan Sow Yan
Sunda Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang) carcass along Mandai Road
Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Mandai Road near Orchidville plant nursery, on Ulu Sembawang side just before entrance of Lorong Lada Hitam; 6 July 2005; 0922 hrs.
Observation: The carcass of a loris, about 25 cm in head and body length, was found with no external injury at the side of the road.
Remarks: This example could have been hit by a motor vehicle and was assumed to have died the previous evening. It was collected and deposited in the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore. This record is mentioned in Fam et al. (2014: 72) who also question the status of Slow Lorises on Singapore Island. As lorises were frequently traded through Singapore, the population there may consist partly of non-indigenous animals that had been abandoned.
Fam S. D., B. P. Y.-H. Lee & M. Shekelle, 2014. The conservation status of slow lorises Nycticebus spp. in Singapore. Endangered Species Research. 25: 69-77.