An­i­mals un­der threat

Meet the species most threat­ened by un­sus­tain­able palm oil

World of Animals - - Should We Say No To Palm Oil? -


Most of the world’s palm oil comes from In­done­sia and Malaysia. These coun­tries con­tain the only re­main­ing orang­utan pop­u­la­tions, but for­est is rapidly be­ing cleared for palm oil plan­ta­tions.

Su­ma­tran rhino

The small­est species of rhino is tar­geted by poach­ers, and on top of this the habi­tat on its is­land home is be­ing de­stroyed (of­ten il­le­gally) to make way for more oil palm trees.

Bornean pygmy ele­phant

As their habi­tat dis­ap­pears, these clever ele­phants are turn­ing to oil palm fruit as a tasty al­ter­na­tive to leaves and grasses. Un­for­tu­nately, farm­ers will of­ten hurt or kill them to pro­tect their crops.

Su­ma­tran tiger

Fewer than 400 of these ma­jes­tic big cats now re­main on Su­ma­tra.

The is­land has lost over 80 per cent of its for­est in the last 50 years, se­verely re­strict­ing this top preda­tor’s range.

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