Gorillas on the Line…Will you Answer the Call?

February 2, 2022

Lincoln Park Zoo is partnering with Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions across the globe for Gorillas on the Line, a cell phone recycling initiative. Zoo visitors can recycle their old cell phones, small electronic devices, and battery chargers in the collection box at Searle Visitor Center through September 24.

Taking small steps, such as recycling old small electronics, can have an impact on gorilla conservation. Coltan (a mineral compound used to manufacture small electronics, cell phones, tablets, and battery chargers) is hand-mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is prime gorilla habitat. The deforestation and mining of coltan continues to displace these critically endangered species.

“When gorilla habitat is being destroyed thousands of miles away, it’s easy to feel a bit helpless,” said Curator of Primates Jill Moyse. “Gorillas on the Line is a reminder there are ways to take small daily actions to help save species – no matter where you live!”

Recycling old phones and electronics raises money to directly support gorilla conservation initiatives through Gorilla SAFE programs.

Pictured above is male bachelor Umande. Photo courtesy of Jesse Leinwand.

For over two decades, Lincoln Park Zoo has been involved in great ape research and conservation in the Republic of Congo as part of The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project. Learn more about the project in the video, below: