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The Action for Apes Challenge is a yearly contest hosted by the Houston Zoo to see which school or community organization can recycle the most cell phones by April 30th, 2014. By recycling old phones with the zoo you can help protect animals like chimpanzees and gorillas that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined.
Any local school, business, organization, or scout group can participate. Simply complete the registration form on this page and start your recycling campaign! Promotional materials are available for you to market the challenge and all phones collected by April 30th, 2014 will be recycled through the company Eco-Cell.
The school or organization that recycles the most cell phones by April 30th, 2014 will win a one-of-a-kind painting done by the Houston Zoo’s chimpanzee troop! The winning school or organization can pick the colors to be used on the painting, and the painting can be hung at your institution as a reminder of your efforts to protect chimpanzees and gorillas in the wild.
Would you like to use this poster to help promote your campaign? Download the pdf of the Action for Apes Poster and print it:
Fill out the online registration form on this page and begin collecting cell phones! Get the word out about the challenge to others in your school or organization, create posters, hang up the content provided by the Zoo, spread the word and have fun!
Here are some resources you can print:
A mineral called coltan is found in almost every cell phone, as well as laptops and cameras. This mineral comes from the ground in Central Africa, which happens to be where animals like chimpanzees, gorillas and okapis live. When the mineral is taken from chimpanzee habitats to be used in electronics, the homes of chimps, gorillas and okapis become disrupted and these animal populations decrease.
If you recycle your old cell phone with us, then the materials in the phone can be reused instead of getting new minerals from the ground in Central Africa.
When you recycle your phone at the zoo, we return it to a company called Eco-Cell that sells the individual parts of the phone so that they can be reused. Any proceeds then go to conservation efforts to save animals in the wild.
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