Batu the Orang Utan

As Halloween creeps up on the nation, Twycross Zoo is calling for consumers to make their mark for conservation when choosing their “trick or treat” confectionery.

Palm oil is found in lots of household products as well as foods including chocolate and sweets, and the demand for it is increasing every year. However, huge areas of tropical rainforests have already been destroyed to make room for palm oil plantations, resulting in habitat loss for numerous endangered species such as orang utans, tigers, rhinos, elephants and many more.

As a critical part of the economy, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia, we cannot just stop using palm oil, so to cope with the worlds’ demands for vegetable oils and to minimise negative effects for the environment and its people, palm oil must be produced in a sustainable way.

Matyas Liptovszky, Head of Life Sciences at Twycross Zoo, said: “At a time of year when sweets and chocolates are immensely popular, we’re calling on the public to be aware of the ingredients inside their Halloween treats and to ensure the ingredients have been sustainably sourced.

“Those looking to have a sustainable Halloween can contact brands that do not use sustainable palm oil and ask them why not. By working together, we have the chance to make a real positive change.”

Jahly the Sumatran tiger

Twycross Zoo is home to over 500 animals from more than 125 species and is the only place in the UK where visitors can see all four types of great ape – gorilla, orang utan, chimpanzee and bonobo.

Visitors looking to enjoy refreshments, including chocolate, can be rest assured Twycross Zoo only uses sustainable palm oil. To find out more about Twycross Zoo’s palm oil policy visit:  Twycross Zoo’s biggest Halloween ever takes place every day until 3rd November 2019. Boo at the Zoo features witches, ghosts and ghouls and includes four new scare attractions. Visitors can enjoy all Halloween activities within their admission fee, tickets start from just £10 in the zoo’s Spooktacular ONLINE Deals. Book online and save here: