Help gorillas this APE-ril

It is estimated that each household has almost 3 mobile phones sitting in storage. Do you have some? Time to find them, because April is the perfect month to recycle these old mobile phones to help gorillas!

Your old phones help raise important funds for the Gorilla Doctors, the only organisation able to provide veterinary care for wild gorillas, working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

During the month of APE-ril, we hope to collect 1,000 phones from our zoo visitors, members and the Victorian community, which will help fund medical treatment for an injured gorilla in the DRC.

Get involved this month and win

To celebrate APE-ril, we are offering an exclusive ‘money can’t buy’ experience for four people at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

The winner will learn how staff care for and feed the gorillas, visit the zoo plantation where the food is grown, and then witness a private feeding. Also included is an accommodation voucher to spend the night at Werribee, thanks to our partners The Holiday Inn.

How to enter

Entry is open to anyone and it’s easy to enter! Simply: 

  1. Collect 10 or more mobile phones (from your home, friends, family, workplace)
  2. Book a FREE courier collection during April

Zoos Victoria Members who book under their name will double their entry to the prize.*

*Terms and conditions apply.

Want to start a collection drive?

Have your 10 phones? Book your FREE courier pick-up now to submit your entry.

Make a big difference

Over the years, They’re Calling On You and our visitors have helped recycle over 180,000 mobile phones, raising critical funds for gorilla conservation in Africa.

Our partners in reuse at PhoneCycle accept workplace mobile phones that are able to be refurbished and resold. All other mobile phones and accessories in any condition are broken down and over 95% of their materials recovered by our recycling partner MobileMuster. Funds raised from these processes are directed back to Zoos Victoria to support wild gorilla conservation work in Africa.

We are proud to support, the Gorilla Doctors who are the only organisation able to provide veterinary care to threatened or vulnerable gorilla populations. Populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are sadly threatened by activities associated with mining of minerals, including those used in mobile phones. But your old mobile phones can help, no matter what condition or how old they are.

We also accept tablets, chargers, headsets and other mobile phone accessories as part of our recycling program, and they all contribute to gorilla conservation.