Gorillas on the Line ... Answer the Call


Gorillas on the Line is a global initiative created to raise awareness about the impact the production of small electronics has on gorillas. Recycling old cell phones reduces demand for coltan, a mineral used in small electronics like cell phones, and protects gorilla habitats in Africa. Gorillas are on the line but you can help.

Audubon Nature Institute is committed to conserving wildlife, and we partner with organizations all over the world to protect wildlife and their habitats. Audubon will be partnering with local schools and organizations to help gorillas in the wild by recycling old cell phones and decrease the demand for coltan, which is mined from areas where endangered gorillas live. Audubon is one of several zoos and aquariums across North America taking part in the Gorillas on the Line campaign, which, in partnership with Eco-Cell, is working to collect 20,000 devices for recycling.

How Can You Help?

  • Commit to helping us save gorillas and their homes.
  • Donate your broken or unwanted cell phone at Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, or Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
  • Collect broken or unwanted cell phones for recycling through April 30, 2020.

You can even get $5 off up to two general admission tickets when you donate a broken or unwanted cell phone at the Zoo, Aquarium, or Insectarium on the following days:

March 15
March 21

April 10

Please donate cell phones at the Guest Services window for the redemption of promotion. Must donate on the day of the promotion (March 15, March 21 or April 10). Discount only available on days listed. Only redeemable for a $5 discount applied to up to two Zoo general admission tickets; this promotion is ineligible for upgrades.


Want To Get Involved?

Are you a school, organization or local business that would like to help Audubon collect cell phones during Gorillas on the Line? Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to receive more information about how you can be a part of this initiative!