DRAPER (News4Utah)- Animal lovers this one is for you. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is celebrating International Clouded Leopard Day on Saturday by educating the public about palm oil and their connection to the animals.
The aquarium will have a table out all day in front of the Expedition: Asia exhibit. The aquarium is home to two Clouded leopards–a male named Koshi and a female named Rhu.
The purpose of the event is to educate guests about what they can do in their daily lives to help Clouded leopards in the wild.
“The biggest threat to Clouded leopards is deforestation. That’s when companies and organizations go in and wipe out large areas of forest and what they are looking for is a substance called palm oil. Palm oil is an ingredient found in things you eat and products you use every single day,” said Caroline Ralston, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Guests will learn about an app that scans food and beauty products, showing if they contain palm oil.
It is estimated there are fewer than 10,000 breeding Clouded leopards worldwide. They are managed through a Species Survival Plan (SSP) administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is one of 23 institutions participating in the SSP for Clouded leopards.
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