The Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund worked with the wildlife department to establish this organization which supports conservation efforts along with rescuing endangered wildlife. Their highly trained rangers have completed more than 100 rescue or translocation operations.
Because of Malaysia’s equatorial climate, it can grow oil palm. This fertile tree produces abundant supplies of nutritious fruits year-round. Because of this high yield, it produces significantly more oil than annual crops, such as corn, soybean and canola. A single acre of oil palm produces 11 times more oil than soybeans, and 10 times more than sunflower.
Most of Malaysia’s orangutans live on the island’s protected forests. That’s not a challenge as an astonishing 60 percent of Sabah is under forest cover. This provides ample natural habitat for the orangutans to thrive. Palm oil is also legally cultivated in these states, but only on land zoned for agriculture. Many of today’s oil palm plantations once farmed rubber or coconut, but were converted to efficient and sustainable oil palm.
Malaysia is the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, and supplies its oil to companies worldwide. “About 90 percent of the palm oil that is used in the United States actually is sourced from Malaysia and nowhere else,” said Sundram, “because the American industry appreciates the quality, and the rigor of concerns and environmental practices that we operate throughout the industry.”
Palm oil and palm kernel oil are both sustainable tropical oils which come from the fruit of the oil palm trees. These versatile oils, however, have very different chemical compositions and physical characteristics.