You can help wild orangutans by making careful choices when purchasing food and beauty products.
See below for a list of companies who have committed to sourcing the
palm oil in their products from sustainably farmed and harvested palm
oil, which does not result in further rainforest loss. The threat that
palm oil poses to orangutans, sun bears, and other native animals in the
region is through loss of their forest home for conversion to oil palm
This means that these companies source palm oil that is not grown in
fields that the orangutans' forest home was cleared to make room for. Palm oil is an a surprising amount of products--preserved/pre-packaged
food (even milk!) and cleaning and beauty products (if it foams, there
is probably palm oil in it).
If you'd like to learn more about companies that have committed to using
sustainably harvested palm oil, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has created free
apps for you to use while shopping on itunes or Google Play.
- Download the list of Orangutan Friendly Sustainable Palm Oil Halloween Candy created by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo by clicking here.
- You can also download the list of Orangutan Friendly Sustainable Palm Oil Valentine's Day Candy created by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo by clicking here.
Learn more about helping orangutans