They're Calling On You campaign sign with a gorilla profile image on the left. Gorilla is black and eyes appear orange. They're Calling On You campaign sign with a gorilla profile image on the left. Gorilla is black and eyes appear orange.

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

So far, we've recycled and re-purposed more than 171,000 devices donated by individuals, schools and workplaces. But what's the connection between mobile phones and gorillas?

One of the biggest threats to Eastern Lowland Gorillas is the illegal mining of minerals such as coltan, a metallic ore used in mobile phones. As demand for mobile phones increases, so too does the impact of mining on gorilla habitat.

Registrations for phone collection kits are currently unavailable. Register your interest at the form below and we'll be in touch when registrations open again.

Ape-ril phone collection drive

We recently ran a phone collection drive offering the chance to win a behind-the-scenes experience with the gorillas at Werribee Open Range Zoo when you donate 10 or more phones. Please see important information below regarding this drive.

Already registered but haven't yet received your kit?

Delivery of collection kits is temporarily unavailable. We'll send this kit out to you when we can and notify you when you're able to order your free courier collection again.

Already registered and received your kit?

Mobile phone pick-up service is temporarily unavailable. We'll notify you when you're able to order your free courier collection again.

If you registered by 18 March 2020, you'll still be in the draw to win the behind-the-scenes experience, however the competition is temporarily on hold and the winning entry will not be drawn until the mobile phone pick-up service is able to recommence.

Thanks for your patience.

Register your interest

Collection kits are temporarily unavailable, however you can complete the form below to register your interest and we'll be in touch when you're able to receive your free phone collection kit.

Kanzi the gorilla eating a large branch of leaves on her 4th birthday.

Make a big difference

Recycling mobile phones helps raise important funds for the Gorilla Doctors who are providing life-saving medical care to fragile wild gorilla populations in Africa. These populations are sadly threatened by human activities, such as those associated with mining for minerals that go into making our phones.

Over the years, They're Calling On You and our visitors have helped recycle over 166,000 phones, raising critical funds for the doctors on the ground.

Every phone recycled makes a big impact:

  • 10 phones = petrol needed for Gorilla Doctors to reach the forest to monitor the health of gorillas
  • 50 phones = anaesthetic to help provide veterinary care to an injured or ill gorilla
  • 100 phones = a full set of rain gear allowing Gorilla Doctors to work in bad weather
  • 500 phones = a computer for Gorilla Doctors to study health trends and predict diseases outbreaks

Get your workplace or community groups involved today!

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

For more information about the They're Calling on You campaign, contact the Conservation Campaigns team.