One of the biggest threats to orangutans is the loss of their natural habitat, pushing their species to the brink of extinction. At the core of this habitat loss is palm oil. Palm oil is in almost everything – it’s the most popular vegetable oil used in products around the world. Growing it contributes to deforestation and population loss in equatorial rainforests.

You can make a big difference by shopping smart. Download the Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping App from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and use it to make sure you buy from companies who are committed to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

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If you do not wish to download the app, you can check the packaging labels on the items in your pantry and before you buy them in the future.

Read the list of alternative names used for palm oil. 




Orangutan vs. Palm Oil

Purses For Primates

Deforestation Awareness





Our friends at Roots & Shoots Australia are leaders in the fight against palm oil. Check out their #LabelMe campaign for tons of information, posters to print and distribute, and more ways to raise awareness about the true cost of palm oil.