CHUCK Norris the loris has teamed up with Kizzy, a refugee from the Far East pet trade, to set up home in a zoo near Exeter.
Shaldon Zoo-goers have been delighted at the arrival of pygmy slow lorises Chuck and Kizzy, who was originally rescued by a sanctuary in Hong Kong.
Unfortunately, because of their cute appearance, lorises are taken from the wild for the pet trade and also used as photo props for tourists.
Kizzy came to Europe as part of an European Endangered species Programme( EEP)and was paired with the male, Chuck Norris, at Bristol Zoo, before making their way to the new “Forest at night” nocturnal house here at Shaldon.
Julie Matthews, the trust’s research officer said; “As part of the EEP it is necessary for these animals to move around to ensure good genetic diversity so a male Pygmy slow loris from Shaldon Zoo was sent to Bristol Zoo to be paired with a young female and we received this new pair from them in exchange.
“We are pleased to be working with this species as we have a strong involvement with the conservation of Loris species in the wild; supporting a project in South East Asia which is their natural home.”