Palm oil plantation owners are the newest threat to Sumatran elephant populations in Southeast Asia. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), palm oil is in margarine, ice cream, lipstick, and shampoo. The demand for palm oil is on the rise. The worldwide demand for it may even double by 2050.
To meet the demand new plantations are being developed – which means the tropical forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
Endangered species like the orangutan, Borneo elephant, and Sumatran tiger are coming closer to extinction as more palm oil plantations are developed.
Not only are animals losing their homes, but the indigenous peoples are also – all so multinational corporations can make more money. The deforestation and loss of biodiversity are staggering. The workers that are destroying the forests don’t even care about the animals in their way.