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Monarto Zoo is abuzz with excitement today as it prepares for a very special birthday party in honour of its young Chimpanzee's second birthday.

Zoo staff have gone to great lengths in preparing for cheeky chimp Zuri's special day creating a number of gifts and tasty treats which are expected to generate a great deal of excitement among the chimp troop.

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If you go down to Adelaide Zoo this Saturday, you're sure of a big surprise. For every bear that ever was, will gather at Adelaide Zoo for certain because, Saturday is the day the teddy bears have their picnic!

Grab your favourite teddy bear and your picnic blanket and head down to Adelaide Zoo for the inaugural Westpac Teddy Bear's Picnic to join in on the fun.

Mrs Scarse, long-time zoo supporter, teddy bear enthusiast and wife to Zoos SA Patron his Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarse, will be officially opening the picnic at 10am with the cutting of a teddy bear cake in the rotunda.

The fun-filled family event will feature a host of free activities including performances from Splash Theatre Company and the City of Adelaide Band, competitions, a jumping castle and face painting.

Children can even take their teddy bear friends for a quick check-up at the zoo vets to ensure they are in the bear-y best of health!

Australia's only Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Funi, will be celebrating their birthdays on the day with specially prepared panda treats and of course panda cake!

This is an all-weather event, so mark it in your diary today.

For more information please visit: http://www.zoossa.com.au/adelaide-zoo/special-experiences-1/events

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As a proud South Australian Organisation, Zoos South Australia (Zoos SA) has been a long-time supporter of local business. Over the course of our 135 years history we have built commercial partnerships that align with our values and enable us to continue our important conservation work.

We are pleased to share that we are working with both Streets Ice Cream and Golden North, with a view to extending the ice cream supply arrangement currently in place that enables both brands to be sold in the zoo.

The partnership with Golden North yielded great environmental results after a review of their supply chain enabled them to produce palm oil free ice cream. Zoos SA knows that by working with its partners it can achieve great outcomes and now wants to take this success from a local to a global level.

Zoos SA Chief Executive, Elaine Bensted understands the passion South Australians have for the zoo and also for other local institutions.

"We know that South Australian's are not only passionate supporters of local business but also deeply concerned with the preservation of habit and wildlife," Ms Bensted said.

"Zoo's SA is member-based society and we respect the opinions of our members and supporters, and acknowledge the feedback and genuine concern that has been raised.

"We have listened to this feedback, consulted with our partners and other stakeholders and are pleased to be working towards an agreement that will be supportive of each organisation and one that will please our members and the South Australian community."

The decision to re-evaluate Zoos SA's conservation position on palm oil is based on several years of research and new evidence within the industry that suggests palm oil production is only on the increase and avoiding it completely is damaging in its own right as it ignores some of the major threats driving the destruction of the rainforest.

"Sustainably produced palm oil will make sure the demand for it is deforestation free. This ensures rainforests are not being cleared to make way for palm oil plantations, wildlife is protected and it does not impact on the lives of those that depend on its production in order to avoid poverty," Ms Bensted said.

Advocating for the use of sustainable palm oil is the approach that is also being taken by many globally recognised conservation organisations, including the World Wildlife Fund, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and other major Australian zoos.

Zoos SA is committed to working with organisations that are making real progress to support sustainable practices and the preservation of the environment and wildlife. Zoos SA sees the new partnership with Streets Ice Cream as a way to help influence positive environmental change in our own backyard and across the globe.

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As a not-for-profit conservation charity we rely heavily on the generosity of the public and corporate support and value these relationships greatly. Without this support we would not be able to achieve our mission of saving species from extinction and connecting people with nature, enabling us to contribute to many critical conservation projects at a local and international level.

Zoos SA is committed to working with organisations that are making real progress to support sustainable practices and the preservation of the environment and wildlife. This was demonstrated through our partnership with Golden North, who at the time of entering into a partnership with us, were using unsustainable non-certified palm oil. Through our work with Golden North, and their review of their supply chain, Golden North were able to publically state that they were 100% palm oil free in August of 2012, two years into the partnership with us. This was a great achievement and it has allowed Golden North to market this new status to their current and potential new customers.

We see our recent partnership with Unilever as a new opportunity to help drive positive change, this time with one of the world's largest food companies. Through engaging with them we are able to dramatically increase the scale of our conservation efforts and impact.

As a multi-national corporation operating in more than 100 countries, Unilever is committed to sourcing 100% of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, including palm oil. As one of the world's largest consumers of palm oil, Unilever has made a global commitment that by the end of 2014 all palm oil will be traceable to known sources and by 2020 all of the palm oil they buy globally will come from certified sustainable sources as per the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil criteria. The World Wildlife Fund for Nature is monitoring their progress and their most recent palm oil scorecard report gave Unilever a top score in relation to commitment and action on sustainable palm oil.

Encouraging a complete shift away from palm oil may push manufacturers to source alternative oils like soy or rapeseed which can require six to 10 times more land than is needed for palm oil. The production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil aims to foster sustainable livelihoods for the millions of people who rely on this industry and alleviate the conflicts commonly associated with the development of new plantations.

The new agreement between Zoos SA and Unilever includes a number of targets and reporting mechanisms, including an exit clause that will ensure we are able to monitor progress against the commitments made. Should we at any time feel that they have not met these targets, or have moved away from their commitment to buy certified sustainable palm oil from traceable sources, we will be able to terminate the agreement.

Unilever are also corporate supporters of Zoos Victoria, Taronga Zoo and Perth Zoo with Streets products sold across these zoos. Zoos Victoria, Taronga Zoo and Zoos SA are key drivers of the Don't Palm Us Off campaign, which advocates for the use of sustainable palm oil. As a collective group Australian zoos have immense buying power and are well placed to support positive social advocacy in regards to the use of sustainable palm oil.

We recognise that this is a sensitive topic and we thank the public for their genuine concern. We will keep our members and supporters update of any new developments going forwards.

For more information on WWF – Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2013: http://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/po_scorecard_2013_1.pdf

For more information on Unilever and palm oil, please visit:
http://www.unilever.com/sustainability/environment/agriculture/palmoil/about/

 

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World Ranger Day commemorates wildlife rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect some of the world's most endangered animals.

Zoos South Australia (Zoos SA) in partnership with the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) in northern Kenya supports a community-lead ranger program that patrols the Sera Conservancy, one of 26 conservancies managed by the NRT, to prevent poaching and livestock theft.

Spanning 330,000 hectares of wilderness, the Sera Conservancy is home to many threatened species, including the Grey's Zebra, Cheetah, African Elephant, Beisa Oryx and the African Wild Dog.

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