Love tigers, orangutans, and elephants?
What you pick up on the grocery store shelf has an impact as real as a poacher’s bullet or a game warden’s protection for these precious creatures. It all hinges on a popular, but little known, ingredient. It's palm oil and is the most widely produced edible vegetable oil in the world, and with good reason. With an attractively long shelf life and semi-solid state at room temperature, palm oil has rapidly become the ingredient of choice in packaged food like cookies, chocolate, potato chips, and bread – as well as shampoo, lotion, laundry soap, and a multitude of other common products. To meet the dramatic rise in demand for this popular oil, tropical forests have been cleared and burned leading to staggering loss of rare wildlife and creating tragic health problems in humans from catastrophic levels of smoke.
You can hold the solution in your hand.
Join Daniel Strechay (photo below), US Representative for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, as he shares how we can readily shift our purchasing choices to help people and wildlife. Naples Zoo is a member of the RSPO and promotes a powerful app that turns your smartphone into a powerful tool that supports healthy forests to benefit both people and wildlife. Download it today for free and get started being part of the answer!
Gather for an informal mixer from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gardens followed by his presentation and Q&A in the Safari Canyon open-air theater until 8 p.m. Please dress comfortably for this evening outdoors.
Admission: $10 | Naples Zoo Members: FREE
RSVP on the REGISTRATION button on the top right of this page as seating is limited.
About Daniel Strechay
Dan Strechay is the U.S. Representative of the RSPO. Based in New York, he is now responsible for outreach and engagement activities to members and stakeholder in the U.S. and Canada, as well as formalizing the RSPO’s presence in these important markets.
Prior to joining the RSPO, Dan was the Senior Manager, Sustainability Communications for PepsiCo, located at the Purchase, NY headquarters where he worked on the implementation and communication of their “Performance with Purpose” vision, as well as providing support for the Office of Sustainability, Procurement, Public Policy and Government Affairs teams on sustainability issues and policies.
Previously, Dan was a member of the Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement Team in the Americas for Asia Pulp & Paper, supporting the launch of company’s zero deforestation policy, and the Group Director of Communications for the world’s largest publicly traded metal and electronics recycling company, Sims Metal Management.
How do I pay?
The $10 general admission fee is paid by cash or credit card at the Naples Zoo ticket box the night of the event.
I'm a Naples Zoo Member. Can I bring guests?
Anyone included in your membership that enters the zoo at no charge is also welcomed free to these events inlcuding the extra guests that are part of Conservator and Curator levels. If you have neighbors or friends that would like to attend, they can join you by paying the nominal $10 general admission fee.
What is the dress code?
These are casual events held outdoors. Dress comfortably to stand during the mingling time prior to the lecture start. And dress for the weather if it's cool as well.
Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Any age is welcome, but the Naples Zoo Conservation Lecture Series are directed at an adult audience. We leave the age requirements open as parents are the best judge of the maturity level of their child for events like these.