Eight year-old Anthony and his six year-old brother Josh are on a mission to help save gorillas in the wild.
They have set themselves the ambitious target of recycling 1,000 mobile phones in support of Zoos Victoria’s conservation campaign, They’re Calling on You and today, they dropped off their first collection of phones at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
This campaign raises awareness about the impact of coltan mining on gorilla habitat, diverts mobile phones from landfill and raises important funds for primate conservation through the Jane Goodall Institute.
The boys have collected almost 50 phones to date after writing a letter for their dad to put up at work, presenting to the Grade Six class and entire school assembly and encouraging donations through their soccer club.
Their contribution coincides with a major milestone for the campaign, with Zoos Victoria recycling their 100,000th mobile phone since establishing the campaign with the Jane Goodall Institute Australia in October 2008.
The funds raised through They’re Calling on You provide food rations, clothing and equipment for Jane Goodall’s anti-poaching rangers who protect national parks and educate local communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2012-13, rangers were able to conduct a total of 11 patrols, as well as three missions in areas where poachers are found.
During these patrols they were able to remove snares and nets, map mining sites and arrest poachers and hunters.
Josh and Anthony’s target of 1,000 mobile phones, means an additional $1,000 to support rangers who put their lives at risk every day to monitor and to protect gorilla populations.
To join Josh and Anthony in their mission to save gorillas, visit zoo.org.au/calling_on_you