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Think Palm Oil Sustainability when Purchasing Halloween Candy

Categories: Conservation, Events
2017-HalloweenCandyGuide
Use this guide when purchasing your candy this year

For two days in October, the entire Sacramento Zoo will be transformed into a daytime Halloween festival for superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and creatures of all sorts during the daytime Boo at the Zoo fundraiser event presented by Jiffy Lube. Guests will enjoy trick-or-treating and other ghoulish, safe, family-friendly fun. Both days will include trick-or-treat candy stations, themed stage shows, magic shows, pumpkin bowling, and the zoo’s own creepy crawly residents. An extra special treat is that all the candy at Boo at the Zoo is made with sustainable palm oil.

The biggest threat to wild orangutans is deforestation due to agriculture. The main crop that is planted after the forest is cleared is palm oil. Palm oil is used in so many foods we eat and products we use every day, like cookies, crackers, toothpaste, and lotion. Palm oil is a crop that is really important to the economy and people in Indonesia and Malaysia, but it can be produced in a responsible way without cutting down the rainforest –this is called sustainable palm oil. When making purchases at the grocery store consider using the Cheyenne Mountain’s Zoo’s Palm Oil Shopping Guide App to help you choose products that are palm oil free or use sustainable palm oil.

Bring the little ones to celebrate Halloween in a safe traffic-free environment before bedtime. By attending you are also supporting the nonprofit Sacramento Zoo, orangutan friendly palm oil products, and animal conservation efforts locally and globally.

Early bird tickets purchased through October 22 are $13 per person per day. Tickets purchased after October 22 are $16. Zoo members save $3 per ticket. This is a ticketed event for all guests. Membership cards, discount passes, and other coupons are not valid for the zoo on October 28 or 29.