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Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos are calling on you to recycle your old mobile phone, to help save one of our closest living relatives. A rare mineral ore called coltan, found in many mobile phones, is mined in Gorilla habitat. The mining is accelerating the decline in gorilla numbers and at least 10 other African primate species.

By simply recycling an old mobile phone, the pressure on gorilla habitat is reduced and money raised from refurbished mobile phones supports conservation projects in Africa.

All you have to do is download your PDF iconReply Paid Label now!

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Gorilla baby born at Taronga

A tiny Western Lowland Gorilla has been born at Taronga Zoo. The baby, born to Frala and Silverback Kibali, is the second born at Taronga in the last seven months. This birth is vital for Taronga’s highly successful Western Lowland Gorilla breeding program. You can read more about it here and continue to help us protect gorilla habitat in the wild by supporting They’re Calling on You

By sending your old phone through the free mobile phone recycling program you are also:

  • Diverting your phone from landfill.
  • Raising money for the Jane Goodall Institute's conservation programs, including primate conservation work in Africa, through the sale of refurbished phones and recycled coltan.
  • Reducing the demand for coltan mining by recycling the coltan-coated capacitor in your old mobile phone. Add your old phone to the more than 37,000 that have been recycled in the since June 2009.

Recycle your mobile:

As a visitor

When you visit Taronga Zoo or Taronga Western Plains Zoo, collect a postage-paid recycling bag and send your mobile phone to the Aussie Recycling Program. At Taronga the bags are available at Zoo entrance/exits, the Information Centre, shops and at the Western Lowland Gorilla and Chimpanzee exhibits. 

As an individual or family 

Download the Reply Paid Labels here and send your old phones to the Aussie Recycling Program. 

Support our campaign through your organisation/work

Involve your colleagues and do good: Collect mobiles phones at your work and get a free courier service to pick them up if you collect 16 old mobile phones or more.

Support our campaign through your school

You can download They're Calling on You posters for your school, and if you collect 16 old mobile phones, you can use a free courier service to pick them up!