Gorillas on the Line … Answer the Call!

February 1 – April 30, 2022

The Louisville Zoo and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International are working together with Eco-Cell to recycle cell phones, help the environment, and raise money for gorilla conservation as part of Gorillas on the Line.  Zoos and aquariums across the continent will be collecting mobile phones for gorilla conservation!

Goal: 2022 represents the fourth year of the Gorillas on the Line…Answer the Call campaign with a goal to collect another 10,000 electronic devices! Last year, a total of 10,116 devices were collected and over $2,400 raised for gorilla conservation over 7 months. It’s going to take all of us to help save gorillas from extinction. We are so excited to have you on board. Thanks again from all of us at the Louisville Zoo.

Why are we collecting cell phones for gorillas?
Recycling old phones/electronics raises money to directly support gorilla conservation initiatives through Gorilla SAFE programs.  All proceeds from donated devices sent to Eco-Cell will be sent to the Gorilla SAFE program. Money raised will help with habitat protection, monitoring, education about gorilla conservation and more! Gorillas are on the line. Join us to answer the call and help save gorillas in the wild!

What do we accept?
ANY kind of cell phone will be accepted — even the big, heavy ones from years ago that wouldn’t come close to fitting in your pocket now. You may also donate handheld electronic devices such as digital music players, GPS units, gaming devices, tablets and handheld gaming systems.

How to Participate

Simply drop your cell phone off in the Eco-Cell box located on the Zoo’s main plaza before April 30, 2022! Learn more about items accepted.

Making a Difference

In 2019, 12,486 electronic devices were collected and raised $6,055 to save gorillas in the wild! In 2020, 6,194 electronic devices were collected with over $2,000 raised for conservation. Last year, Gorillas on the Line was able to collect 10,116 devices and raise over $2,400 for gorilla conservation over 7 months.

ECO-Cell does not clear cell phones of data or content left on phones. It is the responsibility of the donating party to cancel or switch service on the phone and to delete any data such as phone numbers, text messages, pictures, emails, documents, etc. that might be on the cell phone.

ECO-Cell sends donated phones to refurbishing companies who often delete any content left on phones, but Eco-Cell cannot guarantee that content will always be deleted. Therefore it is Eco-Cell’s position and recommendation that those wishing to donate a phone take the time to clear phone of all data to ensure maximum privacy.