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You don't have to work directly with orangutans to make a positive impact on their future! Did you know that there are simple actions that you can take every day that support the conservation of these animals, their habitat, and other species that also call the rainforest home?
Learn how YOU can be a champion for orangutan conservation below!
What's the deal with palm oil?
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree, Elaeis guineensis, found in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil. It is an incredibly useful oil that can be found in a large bulk of the products we use in our day-to-day lives. While palm oil is extremely effective (and efficient in its extraction), it is currently one of the leading causes in the deforestation of orangutan habitat. The debate on palm oil usage is contentious, but boycotting palm oil will only create a demand for another oil crop to take its place with similar environmental consequences.
So what can you do? A handful of companies have pledged to produce sustainable palm oil and have met a set of strict criteria outlined by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). You can protect rainforests and help orangutans by being a responsible consumer and committing to purchase products that only use sustainable palm oil. One of our Orangutan SAFE AZA Partners, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, has created a free, downloadable app to help you identify orangutan-friendly grocery items Learn more about the work our zoo friends are doing at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Check out more important links below:
A Guide to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's App
AZA's Positionality Statement on Palm Oil
AZA's Statement on Sustainable Palm Oil
Support APE Malaysia's program "Restore Our Amazing Rainforest" (ROAR) by donating to plant a treat in Borneo!
How else does the Association of Zoos and Aquariums support the conservation of orangutans?
Orangutan Species Survival Plan
The Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP) serves 50+ accredited zoos across the world to help guide the management and sustainability of captive breeding populations of orangutans in human care.