Year of the Big Cat
Throughout 2014, the Philadelphia Zoo is celebrating the Year of the Big Cat
as we encourage guests to become “big cat heroes” and help save these magnificent animals. Visitors will learn how their consumer choices and positive influence can protect endangered species like tigers and jaguars. Together, we can encourage companies to use deforestation-free palm oil in their products and protect these threatened animals.
Palm oil is the world’s most widely produced vegetable oil, found in nearly half of all packaged foods and in many cosmetic and cleaning products we use in our everyday lives. Large areas of tropical forests across Asia, Latin America and West Africa have been cleared to make way for palm oil plantations. In the last decade, close to 80 percent of deforestation in Sumatra was driven by the expansion of non-sustainable palm oil plantations, destroying critical habitat for Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinos, elephants and more.
To protect this wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo is leading the charge for responsible palm oil usage by urging companies to use 100 percent deforestation-free palm oil and Zoo guests to better understand the products they buy.