Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) March 2019 - Page 14

ZOO NEWS Bengati Gorillas on the line … Answer the Call! Take part in this exciting global campaign to help save gorillas in the wild. By bringing your old electronic devices to the Zoo for recycling through April 30, 2019, you can help protect critical gorilla habitat in Africa. Learn how below! 1. Be Informed According to the EPA, more than 130 million cell phones will go out of use each year. That’s over 65,000 tons of electronic garbage that could end up in our landfills. Coltan, a mineral found in phones and other small electronics, is mined from areas where endangered gorillas live. Recycling old mobile phones helps reduce the demand for coltan and protect gorilla habitat in Africa. Gorillas are on the line. Join us to answer the call and help save gorillas in the wild. 2. Recycle your electronic devices Many of us have unused electronic devices, we hold on to them because we aren’t quite certain where they go. Bring them to the Louisville Zoo! Just place your devices into the donation box on the main plaza to become a part of this effort. Accepted items: cell phones, Smartphones, iPods, iPads, tablets, adapters, chargers, MP3 players, handheld gaming systems and the accessories that come with them. You can even bring your phone in on Sunday, April 17 for $1 off regular Zoo admission as part of Party for the Planet powered by the LG&E and KU Foundation. Learn more at MARCH EVENTS Tree Giveaway Day Saturday, March 16, 9 – 11 a.m. The Zoo is hosting Louisville Metro’s Division of Community Forestry Tree Giveaway. The tree giveaway will take place in the Zoo’s bus parking lot. Jefferson county residents can receive up to five free trees. For guidelines and more information visit World Frog Day Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hop over to discover the frog species that call our Zoo home. Learn some fun facts about these amphibians facing high stakes, many challenged in their home ranges. Leap into the fun with special activities featuring our froggy friends and a special guest: the Frog Princess. This event is free with Zoo admission or membership. 14 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Spring 2019 ecocell E-cycling for your cause Did you know? Your Zoo is a change agent help- ing people think beyond their backyard. In 2001, while we were building Gorilla Forest, the first news story of coltan mining in the Congo for cell phone production came out. Humans were unwittingly causing the decimation of many species, espe- cially gorillas, due to this mining. We decided we needed to tell that story at the Zoo. Eric Ronay, founder of Eco-Cell, heard that story at the Louisville Zoo which inspired him to create the first cell phone recycling company in the world. He partnered with your Zoo to have a cell phone recycling box installed. Now, Eco-Cell works with zoos all over the country, and recycling used phones for coltan has become an industry standard – helping to save wildlife. This all started with your Louisville Zoo.