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This World Chimpanzee Day we’re calling on you to help us recycle 500 phones!

Chimpanzees are highly endangered with as little as 350,000 remaining in the wild. Sadly, their habitat is being destroyed to mine coltan, the mineral used in many electronic devices. We’re working with MobileMuster, Phone Cycle, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Jane Goodall Institute Australia to divert phones from landfill and save chimps from extinction.

500 handsets donated saves the equivalent of 193kgs of CO2 emissions and equates to planting 5 trees!

Help us collect 500 phones over the next month

Drop your phones along with their accessories into the collection boxes at the Chimp Platform at Monarto Safari Park or the front gate at Adelaide Zoo. Or if you have more than 10 devices, you can arrange for a free courier pickup – find out how here.



World Chimp Day

July 14 marks the very day when renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall first stepped foot in what is now Gombe Stream National Park in 1960 to study wild chimpanzees.

Her groundbreaking research called attention to this remarkable species and our responsibility to protect them. This special day raises awareness for this vulnerable species and the threats they face in the wild.

“Cell phones contain metals like gold and coltan. Mining for these metals to make new phones is destroying the rainforest and leading to the death of gorillas and chimpanzees. Please help by keeping your phone for longer and recycling it when it’s at the end of its life – it really will make a difference.” – Dr. Jane Goodall

They’re Calling on You program

We’re working to help save chimps from extinction through involvement in international breeding programs and by supporting the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Jane Goodall Institute of Australia.

Tacugama have over 80 Chimpanzees in their Rehabilitation Centre in Sierra Leone, and run community outreach, field research, sustainability and alternative livelihoods programs. The Jane Goodall Institute Australia are supporting education, research and community programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Find out more

How do you recycle a phone?

By recycling your old phones you will be conserving natural resources, reducing the need to mine and protecting the environment. Some donated phones will also be refurbished and reused, providing communication to people who cannot afford phones. Others will be dismantled and their compartments reused in other technology, ensuring minimal waste.

Watch the troop in action

Monarto Safari Park is home to twelve cheeky chimpanzees! The group consists of four adult females, four adult males, an adolescent female, a young male and two female infants.

Chimp Cam Bingo

Take watching our Chimp Dayroom live stream to the next level! Watch the camera and our gorgeous chimpanzee troop carefully and see which behaviours and activities you can mark off. Download and print the activity page now.

Chimp Cam Bingo

Lockdown jobs?…. Hope the Chimpanzee giving the windows a clean! Another job? Find your old mobile phones and recy…

About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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