Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Traditional remedies threaten loris

Traditional remedies threaten loris

Traditional remedies threaten loris

THE survival of the slow loris in Cambodia is being threatened by the wildlife trade as well as the widespread belief among practitioners of traditional medicine that the small noctural primate has healing powers, according to a new study in the American Journal of Primatology.

“Slow lorises are prized in Cambodia by traditional Khmer medicine practitioners who claim they cure 100 diseases,” according to the study, which notes that it is believed the animal can be used to heal wounds and broken bones as well as assist in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and asthma.

It goes on to cite a study on pygmy lorises in Mondulkiri province that found that four out of every 13 tracked by researchers were eventually hunted and killed.

Vincent Nijman, a researcher at the Oxford Wildlife Trade Research Group and a co-author of the study, said Sunday that hunting has forced the animal to the brink of extinction.

“The hunting of the animal is so huge, that they are almost gone, and it’s only to do with hunting,” he said.

Chheang Dany, deputy chief of Forestry Administration’s wildlife protection office, said the animals should be left alone so that they can bolster tourism. “The people should not use the traditional medicines, as the lorises could attract more tourists to Cambodia,” he said.



  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • Huge 3.5-tonne ivory haul seized in capital

    Working with US officials, Phnom Penh Autonomous Port has uncovered almost 3.5 tonnes of elephant ivory hidden in a container, the US Embassy in Cambodia said on Facebook on Saturday. A tip-off provided to the General Department of Customs and Excise by a US Fish and

  • EU ambassador to Cambodia: Rights a ‘work in progress’

    The EU ambassador to Cambodia has called human rights “a work in progress” and said the 28-nation bloc has “carefully” noted last week’s statement by the government on taking further steps to strengthen democracy and the political sphere in the Kingdom. The EU marked

  • Assembly passes amendment to Political Party Law Article 45

    The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties in a move that could pave the way for former senior opposition leaders banned for five years to return to the political stage. As expected, the 115 ruling