Home to 3,000 animals representing more than 450 species, Denver Zoo is a non-profit organization and the city’s oldest and most passionate advocate for the natural world. The Zoo is among the most visited cultural destination in Colorado, serving almost 2 million people per year, and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care. With a mission to inspire communities to save wildlife for future generations, Denver Zoo dedicates almost $2 million annually to Zoo-led programs aimed at protecting animals within their natural habitats around the world.
“Denver Zoo’s biggest focus is on developing an appreciation for the interconnectedness between humans, animals, and the environment and to help people see the connection between what they do and what happens in nature,” says Dr. Amy Harrison-Levine, Director of Field Conservation Programs at Denver Zoo. “This requires awareness-raising, education, and activities at the conservation sites, but also at the Zoo, where over two million visitors are educated every year. Appreciation for nature is deeply rooted in people’s values and starts at a very young age. This is where zoos serve an important role of planting the seeds in young people to develop an appreciation for the diversity, uniqueness, and connectedness of life”.
Where Denver Zoo encourages people at their conservation sites and at the Zoo to change their behavior and make choices in favor of wildlife, Palm Done Right is helping farming communities to produce palm oil in harmony with nature, so wildlife is protected, and the Linne’s two-toed sloth can keep its treetop home.
And YOU can save sloths too, by shopping smart and checking the labels of your products, and make sure they are made with sustainable palm oil. With palm oil found in 50% of the packaged products in your grocery store — from cookies, peanut butter, soap, to snacks — your choice makes a difference. This is where our shared mission starts and where you have a role to play as well.
The Denver Zoo | Palm Done Right partnership will be launched with the official opening of the new sloth exhibit at Denver Zoo on 31st May. More information can be found in Zoo Tales.
Palm can be grown for good, bringing benefits to:
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