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They're Calling on You

7 April 2016

The population of Eastern Lowland or otherwise known as Grauer’s Gorillas has fallen 77% since 1995, with the primary cause due to the illegal mining of coltan, a mineral used in smart phones and other eletronic devices.

The devastating news was released in a report by the Wildlife Conservation (WCS) and Fauna & Flora International which found numbers of the world’s largest primate have fallen from an estimated 17,000 in 1995, to only 3,800.

The report found the primary cause of the decline in gorilla numbers has been the expansion in artisanal mining for coltan, resulting in loss of habitat and an increase in the bush meat trade.

The news means it is more important than ever to recycle your pre-loved mobile phones through Zoos Victoria’s They’re Calling on You campaign.

With over 20 million mobile phones in circulation in Australia, They’re Calling on You recycles pre-loved phones to ensure the coltan used in them gets a second life.

Every phone donated to They’re Calling on You also helps raises vital funds to support Gorilla Doctors in Africa, an organisation working to protect gorillas like the Eastern Lowland Gorilla in the wild.

It's really east to get involved, just follow the steps and visit They’re Calling on You to find out how you can donate your pre-loved mobile phone to help protect gorilla’s in the wild today.