Deforestation – the clearing or destruction of forest trees - is a major threat to the habitats of animals such as colobus monkeys and Sumatran tigers.
It has a devastating impact, not only on individual species, but entire ecosystems.
We can all help prevent deforestation, protect wildlife and our environment with these simple ways to be more sustainable.
1. Embrace #MeatFreeMonday
A steak or chicken dinner may hit the spot when hunger strikes but it’s not so good for the environment.
Farming animals contributes to climate change – around a sixth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated by farming. And, with almost 80% of agricultural land taken up by farming animals, it also drives deforestation.
If you swap out a meaty meal or snack for a plant-based option just once a week, you can make a positive impact.
2. Swap out single-use plastic for refillable bottles
A healthy ocean is essential for all life on Earth. Not only does it protect us from the worst impacts of climate change, it also provides half the oxygen we breathe and is home to a world of biodiversity.
But the health of our ocean is under threat from plastic pollution and single-use plastic bottles are a major contributor.
You can help reduce plastic pollution by switching out your single-use bottles for a reusable, refillable one. Check out our range of reusable bottles in the Zoo shop.
Worried about where to top up your drink? As part of the #OneLess campaign, we've helped install water refill points across London - you can find two refill machines at London Zoo.
3. Repair, reuse or recycle
With a brand-new outfit just a few clicks online away, it can be easy to throw away old clothes without a second thought.
But before you ditch them, ask yourself if they could be given a new lease of life with a repair. Or if they could go to a new home via a charity shop or second-hand store.
Fast fashion has many negative impacts on the environment so when you repair, reuse or recycle your clothes you really make a difference.
Of course, it’s not just clothes we can recycle - plastic, cardboard, glass and much more are now widely recycled with home waste collections.
If you do find yourself with a few extra plastic bottles or drinks cans, soon, you'll be able to recycle them at the Zoo. When our recycling machine is up and running, you'll be able to put in your empty cans and bottles and receive a voucher for a Zoo shop discount.
4. Check your product labels
Palm oil can be found in 50% of packaged supermarket products. It’s used in food, cosmetics, cleaning products and other household goods.
Current palm oil industry practices have led to the destruction of rainforests and threaten the lives and homes of animals such as tigers and orangutans.
You can help protect animals and rainforests by purchasing products with the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) logo. This label means a product contains a minimum of 95% certified sustainable palm oil.
5. Look for the FSC mark when you shop
Forest-based materials such as wood, rubber, textiles and cork are used to create a huge range of everyday products - loo roll, furniture, yoga mats and nappies to name just a few.
The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) supports the careful management of the world’s forests to help protect nature and biodiversity.
They certify products that are made with responsibly sourced forest materials, so keep an eye out for FSC labels when you shop.
We can all play a part and help protect animals, our forests and oceans by making more sustainable choices. Small changes really make a difference. Remember, when you buy a Zoo ticket, you’re contributing to our conservation work across the globe.
Select a blog
Our people are our greatest asset and we realise our vision for a world where wildlife thrives through their ideas, skills and passion. An inspired, informed and empowered community of people work, study and volunteer together at ZSL.
At ZSL, a key area of our work is the employment of Nature-based Solutions – an approach which both adapt to and mitigates the impacts of climate change. These Solutions, which include habitat protection and restoration, are low-cost yet high-impact, and provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife. We ensure that biodiversity recovery is at the heart of nature-based solutions.
A blog for lovers of ZSL London Zoo, bringing you extraordinary animal facts and exclusive access to the world's oldest scientific zoo.
Do you love wildlife? Discover more about our amazing animals at the UK's biggest zoo!
We're working around the world to conserve animals and their habitats, find out more about our latest achievements.
From the field to the lab, catch up with the scientists on the cutting edge of conservation biology at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology.
A day in Discovery and Learning at ZSL is never dull! The team tell us all about the exciting sessions for school children, as well as work further afield.
Every month, one of the pieces held in ZSL’s Library and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will feature here as Artefact of the Month.
Read testimonials from our Members and extracts from ZSL's award winning members' magazine, Wild About.
ZSL works across Asia, from the famous national parks of Nepal to marine protected areas in the Philippines. Read the latest updates on our conservation.
An Open Access journal for research at the interface of remote sensing, ecology and conservation.