Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area Conservation Centre Chief Piyawat Sukon confirmed that he and his wildlife officers, accompanied by officers from Cherng Talay Police, arrested the man in front of a Family Mart convenience store near the beach at 4:30pm.
The man was identified as Nares Sang-agart, 32, from Nakhon Sawan.
“He confessed that he kept the slow loris, which is about two years old, so he could charge tourists to have their photo taken with it as a way to make a living,” Mr Piyawat said.
Cherng Talay Police confirmed that Nares was charged with illegal possession of a protected animal.
Mr Piyawat continued his offer for anyone to report sightings of illegal possession and mistreatment of wild animals directly to him on 089-8737749.
“You can report these sightings to me directly. I speak basic English, if you are a foreigner, please speak simply and say what animal you saw, where, and when, or other important details,” he said.