CHEYENNE MOUNTIAN ZOO DEVELOPS SMARTPHONE APPLICATION

-- Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping Guide now available on Google Play™ and coming soon to the App Store --


July 30, 2013, Colorado Springs, CO – – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has developed a shopping guide phone application to help save wild orangutans and other endangered Asian animals affected by the palm oil crisis. Recently launched on Google Play™ and coming soon to the App Store, the FREE downloadable smartphone application provides consumers with more than 5,000 products whose manufacturers are certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

“Palm oil is used to make items we consume every day like food and personal care products,” Dina Bredahl, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Animal Care Manager and champion of the Zoo’s palm oil awareness conservation program, said. “Purchasing products that are manufactured by RSPO member companies is the easiest thing we can do to help endangered wild orangutans.” In 2011, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was the first zoo in the world to join the RSPO. The RSPO is a non-profit association of international stakeholders from across the palm oil industry, including producers, processors, retailers and conservation groups. The goal of the RSPO is to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. To achieve certification, members must meet stringent environmental and social criteria and protect native wildlife, like orangutans, elephants, tigers and rhinos. “When palm oil is produced sustainably, it minimizes the impact on wildlife, indigenous people and the planet,” Bredahl said. “It’s our responsibility to be smart consumers and realize the repercussions of our everyday choices.”

Make a difference for wild orangutans with three easy steps:

  • Shop smart! Boycotting palm oil is not the solution. Instead, download the NEW Palm Oil Shopping Guide Phone App, and buy products from companies that are members of the RSPO.
  • Speak out! If you don’t see your favorite brand in the Palm Oil Shopping Guide, send the company an email to tell them how important sustainable palm oil is.
  • Spread the word! Check out Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s full Palm Oil Resource Kit and share it with others.

About the Palm Oil Crisis

The biggest threat to wild orangutans and other wildlife in Borneo and Sumatra is deforestation due to agriculture - primarily the production of palm oil. Palm oil is used in more than 50% of the manufactured items we find in the grocery store every day, such as cookies, crackers, toothpaste, lotion and many other food and personal care products. The demand for palm oil is not going away, and it is critical to the economies of Indonesia and Malaysia. However, it is imperative to produce palm oil sustainably in order to save habitat and species. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is committed to raising awareness about the complex issues surrounding palm oil. For more information, go to www.cmzoo.org/palmoil.

About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo, offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope that guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 224 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just nine operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues and donations for funding.

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For further information or unique press opportunities, contact:

Erica Meyer
Phone: 719.633.9925 ext. 140 
Email: emeyer@cmzoo.org

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