Gorillas are on the brink of extinction. You can help save gorillas in Africa simply by donating your mobile phone.

One of the biggest threats to gorillas is the illegal mining of coltan, a mineral used in mobile phones. 

What do mobiles have to do with gorillas?

Coltan, short for columbite tantalite, is a rare and valuable metal in huge demand in today's high technology industries.

It is used within many electronic devices such as mobile phones.

As demand for mobile phones goes up, so too does the impact that these are having on gorilla habitat.

How you can help

You can help protect gorillas in their natural habitat simply by donating your old phone:

1. Register your organisation below and use our resources to set up your phone drive.

2. After collecting 10 or more phones, arrange a FREE courier pick-up from anywhere in Australia.

Money raised from donated phones will support Gorilla Doctors, an organisation working to protect Eastern Lowland (Grauer's) and Mountain Gorillas in the wild through veterinary and human health initiatives.

Donate your old mobile phone to help save gorillas in the wild.

Register for a free starter pack to encourage people to donate their phones

Or, have 10 or more phones ready to go? Arrange a free courier pick up.

Want to drop off your phone?

Individual phones can be dropped off at Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo or Werribee Open Range Zoo or at any of these public drop-off locations >>

Join us and become a public drop-off point today.


Frequently asked questions

What condition does the phone need to be in?

We accept all mobile phones, smart phones, tablets and associated accessories in any condition.

Is my phone data safe?

We take data security seriously. Full data clearing services can be arranged for free when booking your courier.

How does donating phones help wildlife conservation?

The program contributes to wildlife conservation by:

1. Lessening the demand for coltan mining in gorilla habitat.

2. Helping Zoos Victoria raise money to support primate conservation.

3. Diverting phones from landfill. Phones are refurbished and resold.

What happens to money raised through the program?

PhoneCycle donates a portion of the proceeds generated through the resale of refurbished mobile phones to Zoos Victoria. 50% of this donation supports Zoos Victoria’s conservation work, the remaining 50% is donated to the Gorilla Doctors to support their in-situ conservation work in Africa.

What happens to the phones I send in?

PhoneCycle reduces the environmental impact of mobile phones by diverting them from landfill and, wherever possible, extending their working life.

The priority is to reuse mobile phones as it reduces the need for raw materials and energy to manufacture new products. If mobile phones or their parts cannot be reused then over 95% of their materials can be recycled. Phones are recycled in Australia or on-sold for reuse both in Australia and overseas.