Animals under threat
Meet the species most threatened by unsustainable 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.
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.
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.