Africa: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation

Western Red Colobus Piliocolobus badius

As tropical Asia nears its capacity for oil-palm plantations, Africa has become the new frontier for this crop, which offers excellent economic prospects in countries with appropriate rainfall, soil and temperature conditions (Rival and Lavang 2014).

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Unfortunately, these areas coincide with thousands of hectares of rainforest because it’s suitable for oil palm (Wich et al. 2014). The spread of these plantations is likely to hit all animal populations hard in the coming years. This situation is of special concern for animals living outside protected areas. Changes caused by the rapid transformation of their habitat can have profound impacts on their diet, activity patterns, dispersal and ranging patterns, as well as introducing new pathogens and other risks linked to close proximity with people (Ancrenaz et al. 2015).

Many species of primates, mammals, birds and reptiles are either directly or indirectly threatened by the replacement of rainforest habitat with oil palm plantations located in palm oil hotspots in Africa such as the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These animals have an IUCN Red List status of Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable.


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8 thoughts on “Africa: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation

  1. Have been wondering about the widespread use of palm oil in toiletries and cosmetics of late. But it never struck me that it is happening for such a heavy price. Unbridled global consumerism is spurring this and every one of us is a cause in the matter. I find the work of Palm Oil Detectives so much important to check the growth of oil palm plantations where evergreen forests stood. Palms are arid land plants and we have enough of that land. Why erase these wonderful birds and animals, most of which we may never see with our own eyes, just for economic gains? As I started scrolling down on the images, there seemed no end and it shook me. I will definitely boycott this invasive tree’s produce from the products I buy.

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    1. Thank you Vallab for your very thoughtful comment I am very glad to hear that this struck a chord with you and that you can see the direct impact of this destructive crop on all tropical species of animals and all indigenous peoples living in these places. Good luck in your mission to remove palm oil from your life. I hope the resources on this website help you with that endeavour. There’s a guide to identifying palm oil in supermarket products according to its chemical prefixes here:

      Palm Oil Problem #1 Vague Product Labelling

      It is incredibly sneaky that it’s hidden from consumers!

      Also the brands to boycott in the supermarket.

      Brands Using Deforestation Palm Oil in their Products

      Plus a huge selection of palm oil free brands here

      Palm Oil Free Brands

      A very encouraging development is that MANY brands are now dropping palm oil completely and this list is growing very rapidly!

      I welcome you to follow this blog to keep up to date with new posts and also follow here on Twitter @palmoildetect

      Take care 🙂


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