Keep their home safe
Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards, and a host of other wildlife species depend on tropical forests. In Southeast Asia these forests are rapidly being cut down to make way for our growing appetite for palm oil.
Together, we can protect their home.
Palm oil is a form of vegetable oil, produced from the fruit of the oil palm tree, that you likely eat or use every day. It is a common ingredient in thousands of foods, cleaners, cosmetics and gasoline: products from peanut butter to lipstick.
Most commercial palm oil is grown in Southeast Asia, primarily in the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia. Some is produced in ways that sustain wildlife and support the local economy. But some involves cutting down swathes of rainforest.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) sets standards to certify that palm oil is produced sustainably for forests and people. But we’d like ALL palm oil producers to commit to protecting forests.
Responsible Palm Oil
Yes, it exists.
Companies need to commit to mapping their supply chains in order to find out where their palm oil is coming from and how it’s grown.
By doing this, we can be sure that the palm oil we use is deforestation-free and doesn’t harm wildlife.
What can we do?
Ask for it.
Join us in asking companies to use only deforestation-free palm oil that is produced without destroying any wildlife habitat.
Contact one of your favorite companies that uses palm oil to let them know you care about protecting tropical forests and wildlife.
Or email, tag, tweet.
As a consumer, you can have a powerful impact by sending a letter, email, or tweet directly to a company.
When consumers reach out to manufacturers and retailers, those companies - and their suppliers - can commit to deforestation-free palm oil.
Meet our rainforest animals!
Who lives in the zoo’s own Asian Rainforest Sanctuary? Meet our tigers, anoa, tapirs, clouded leopards, porcupine, Asian otter, gibbon and siamang – all species that depend on rainforests in the wild.