They're Calling on You

They're Calling on You

All four subspecies of gorillas are now critically endangered. Recycle your old mobile phone to help protect them.

How it works

  • Identify any old mobile phones, chargers and tablets you no longer use and want
  • Visit the Mobile Muster website for tips on wiping your data prior to donation
  • Mobile Muster will recycle your old items to maximise material recovery and support the circular economy
  • Donate your items at our Zoos or by arranging a collection 
  • Funds raised from donations support the Jane Goodall Institute Australia’s conservation of critically endangered primates in central Africa

What you can do

Ready to protect African primates? Here's what you can do:

  • As a guest - When you visit Taronga Zoo or Taronga Western Plains Zoo, bring your old mobile phone and accessories and place them in the collection bin at the front entrance
  • As an organisation - Involve your colleagues and do some good. Collect mobiles phones and accessories at your work and get a free courier pick up service when you collect at least 10 devices
  • At your school - Bring the gorillas’ story to your classroom. Collect at least 10 old mobile phones along with any accessories and you can get a free courier pick up service. We’ll also send your class a special thank you!
A mother gorilla holding her baby
A mother gorilla holding her baby

Everything you need to know

Gorillas are the largest and most powerful of all primates. With a genetic makeup almost 98% similar to humans, they are one of our closest living relatives. 

These rainforest dwellers are intelligent and feeling beings that serve important ecological services in their forest homes. Sadly, vast areas of their habitat have been lost through deforestation for the timber and mining industries. 

Conflict minerals - what's the story?
Conflict minerals - what's the story?

Conflict minerals: what's the story?

Minerals and ores such as coltan - short for columbite tantalite - are in huge demand in today’s technology industries. Mined in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa, these metals are used in the creation of electronics such as smartphones and sold all around the world.

Sadly, unregulated mining in Africa has taken its toll on local wildlife including critically endangered Grauer’s Gorillas. By opening up previously untouched wilderness to human exploitation, mining results in habitat destruction and wildlife poaching, with workers sometimes forced into the forest to hunt for food.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the richest deposits of coltan and is the world’s largest supplier of cobalt. We want to extend the life of the metals that have already been extracted for use in technology and reduce the demand for yet further mining of Grauer’s Gorilla habitat.
 
Why recycle mobile phones? 

By sending your old phone through the free mobile phone recycling program you are not only diverting it from landfill and reducing the demand for further mining, but all of the money raised supports the Jane Goodall Institute Australia’s essential primate conservation in central Africa.