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.