Ashley’s new commission for Chester Zoo, “The Palm Oil Conga”, is live!
Her new song celebrates a commitment to sustainable palm oil, and details how the unsustainable production of palm oil is one of the biggest threats facing the forests and wildlife of Borneo and Sumatra. For more information on the Palm Oil Challenge, visit https://www.chesterzoo.org/support-us/palm-oil.
This year I had the pleasure of working alongside Chester Zoo on their “Singing for Songbirds” campaign.
In parts of South East Asia, the tradition of capturing and caging songbirds is still very popular. This practice initially led to the critical engagerment of just a few prized songbirds, including the Javan Green Magpie, Black Winged Starling, and Bali Starling.
Tragically, the capture of wild songbirds for this tradition is unsustainable, and now encompasses all birds, irrelevant of colour, song, size and most importantly conservation status.
I was thrilled when I was contacted by Chester Zoo and asked to write and record a song to help create more awareness about the threats to songbirds, and to inspire young conservationists.
For more learning resources visit: www.chesterzoo.org/songbirdsresources
*** This song will soon be available as a charity download. All proceeds will go directly to the Sing for Songbirds conservation effort.