Palm Oil Awareness Materials
One issue currently facing Asian elephants is the destruction of forest habitat for agricultural use. Much of this agricultural land is being used to grow oil palm trees, from which palm oil is derived. Palm oil is a common ingredient found in food, cosmetics, and household products, and is currently the most widely produced edible vegetable oil in the world. Many palm oil plantations pose a threat to wildlife such as Asian elephants, sun bears, tigers and orangutans. However, when palm oil is harvested sustainably, it is less impactful on the environment and can provide a much needed source of income for people in Southeast Asia.
Use the materials below to share with visitors about the importance of choosing products made with sustainable palm oil.
These materials have been adapted from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Palm Oil Awareness Campaign and are based on information retrieved from the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) website.