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Palm oil

Auckland Zoo believes the only way to save wildlife species and their forest homes is to choose deforestation-free palm oil products!

​With our friends from Unmask Palm Oil and zoos throughout New Zealand, we're asking all New Zealanders to join us in calling for mandatory labelling of palm ​oil on food products.​​ Learn more about the 'Ask for Choice' campaign

What is palm oil?

Palm oil comes from the oil palm plant native to West Africa, and is today the world's most widely produced and consumed vegetable oil.  It's found in over half of all supermarket products.

This high-yielding plant was introduced to Indonesia and Malaysia in the early 1990s, and today these countries produce over 85% of the world’s palm oil. 

The world currently produces over 62 million metric tonnes annually and this is predicted to double by 2020!

​What's the issue?

Palm oil itself isn't bad, and if grown sustainably, it's fine. The problem is the illegal destruction of rainforest and peatland habitat, and subsequently the loss of wildlife species, to produce it.  

Currently, illegal deforestation and the unsustainable production of palm oil is threatening the survival of thousands of animal species, including  the orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Asian rhino and elephant that rely on these forest ecosystems to survive. 

​Auckland Zoo position

Auckland Zoo believes the only way to save these wildlife species and their forest homes is to choose palm oil-free or Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) ​as both these options are deforestation-free.    

We've become a member of the Australasian Responsible Palm Oil Network (incorporating ZAA, Unmask Palm Oil, New Zealand and Australian zoos, the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, and various other NGOs) whose vision is that 100% of products in Australia and New Zealand are deforestation-free. Download joint position statement (pdf)

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