US company Herakles Farms plans to convert vast swaths of chimpanzee habitat in Cameroon into a colossal palm oil plantation. This is crucial habitat not only for chimpanzees, but for forest elephants and other endangered animals like the drill – Cameroon constitutes 80% of drill habitat – the rare Preuss’s red colobus monkey, the red-capped mangabey, and a whole host of rare fish species – some of which can only be found in this part of Africa.
Illustrating once again that people capable of DOING bad things won’t hesitate to LIE about them, Herakles Farms claimed the area in question consisted of land that was already farmland, and forest that was already heavily degraded, and therefore had no conservation value. However, Greenpeace aerial surveys, field research and analysis of satellite images, as well as a new study by Dschang University in Cameroon and Goetttingen University in Germany, all prove this is not true: most of the land is perfectly intact and and provides habitat for thousand of animals as well as vital corridors for wildlife between protected areas.
Another good reason for all of us to treat palm oil like meat and vow not to buy anything containing it.