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Gorillas on the Line

What do gorillas and cell phones have in common? A critical component of cell phones and other small electronics is a substance called coltan. One of the few places in the world where coltan is found is the forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo—right in the middle of gorilla habitat. As a result of mining for coltan, critical habitat has been destroyed and gorillas have been displaced or even killed by poachers. Recycling old cell phones helps reduce the demand for coltan and protects gorilla habitat in Africa. Gorillas are on the line. Join us to answer the call to help save gorillas in the wild!

How you can help

Bring your phones to Zoo Atlanta to recycle

Zoo Atlanta and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International are working together with Eco-Cell to recycle cell phones, help the environment, and raise money for gorilla conservation.

ANY kind of cell phone will be accepted – even the big, heavy ones from 15 years ago that wouldn’t come close to fitting in your pocket now. For each cell phone received, a donation will be made to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Zoo Atlanta’s partner in gorilla conservation.

Compete for Gorillas

Get your school or organization involved through the international Gorillas on the Line Campaign.

  • Register your school or organization with your local coordinator at Your coordinator will send you resources throughout the campaign to engage your participants.
  • Gather your team and collect as many phones for recycling as possible from February 1-April 30, 2019.
  • Ship your phones to Eco-Cell by May 3, 2019, using a free shipping label we will send to you. Eco-Cell will process the phones and tabulate the totals. Regional contest winners will be announced in the first week of June.

Regional winner:  Silverback Supporter – You and your group will receive one painting created by one of our gorilla artists!
Runner-Up: Primate PalAdopt an infant gorilla!

Campaign Goals

  • Engage 10,000 children and other community members in gorilla conservation action.
  • Collect 10,000 cell phones worldwide for recycling.

Spread the word with this flyer.

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

You can help save gorillas by supporting the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and other organizations that protect and study gorillas in the wild, and help others to learn about the threats gorillas face and the best solutions for helping them and surrounding communities.

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Coltan Blog

What does your cell phone have to do with gorillas? Learn about the connection and ways you can help.

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Western lowland gorillas

Zoo Atlanta is currently home to one of the largest populations of gorillas in North America. Western lowland gorillas live in troops led by a dominant silverback, several adult females and their offspring.

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Zoo Atlanta Primate Research

Unknown to most of our visitors, Zoo Atlanta has an active primate behavior and cognition research program, with scientists studying both wild apes and apes in zoological settings.

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