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The Mazuri® Exotic Animal Nutrition Research Grant offers funding for basic or applied research projects in the area of exotic animal nutrition. Mazuri® has been offering research grant opportunities since 2009. Grant proposals are reviewed by an independent panel of three committee members. Grants are awarded based on met requirements, research quality, research importance, and the likelihood of accomplishment.

One of the 2014 grant recipients is making great strides by using feeding ecology to influence managed care Javan slow loris nutrition, rehabilitation and release. Dr. Anna Nekaris of Oxford Brookes University started the Little Fireface Project four years ago, focusing on in-situ conservation. Current PhD student Francis Cabana has added a new dimension of slow loris managed care this past year to the current research mandate. He is working with Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Center in Indonesia, which was made possible because of the $4,750.00 received from the Mazuri® Exotic Animal Nutrition Research Grant.

The Javan slow loris is one of the most endangered primates in the world because of habitat loss and the growing demand to keep them as pets. When confiscations of these primates do occur, reintroductions into the wild have an 11% success rate because of a multitude of health problems. When in managed care for a long period of time, the health problems translate into obesity or wasting (very few are at ideal weights), dental, hepatic, renal and/or skin issues which all lead to a low reproduction rate and can be a reflection of inadequate diets. Cabana's project aims to gather information on the diets of wild slow lorises to create a healthy and affordable diet.

The Little Fireface Project is currently concluding the field work portion by finishing their occupancy modeling study. This study consisted of sampling different areas to identify and predict the abundance and diversity of plant species where slow lorises may forage. Relationships have been established with the Indonesian forestry and wildlife departments to gain future support of the project. Moving forward, Cabana plans to present his findings at seminars, publish his research findings and then continue with his research by collecting and analyzing samples of wild fruit and nectars commonly found in loris diets.

The Little Fireface Project is gaining valuable knowledge regarding the Javan slow loris' feeding ecology through Cabana's research. Ex-situ conservation of this endangered species lies in the appropriate diet that affects managed care health, rehabilitation and successful reintegration into the wild. If slow lorises in managed care receive the necessary concentration of nutrients, reproduction rates may increase as disease becomes less prevalent. This allows for the stabilization and sustainability of their species' managed care breeding programs.

Learn more about The Little Fireface Project.
Also, learn more about the Mazuri® Exotic Animal Nutrition Research Grant.