"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
– George Bernard Shaw
Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos are 'calling' on people to recycle their old mobile phones to help save one of our closest living relatives. A rare mineral ore called coltan, found in mobile phones, is mined in Gorilla habitat. The mining is accelerating the decline in Western Lowland 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.