Our 2014 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge is off to a great start! This is the second year we have launched a community-wide cell phone recycling contest to help save gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild.
So far, we have 27 local Houston groups (schools, businesses, Scout groups) who have signed up for the 2014 Challenge! Collectively, these groups hope to recycle nearly 8,350 cell phones! That is 8,350 actions taken by the Houston community to save animals in the wild.
How does recycling your cell phone help save gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild?
Metals and minerals are found in almost every cell phone, as well as laptops and cameras. Some of these metals and minerals come from the ground in Central Africa, which happens to be where animals like chimpanzees, gorillas and okapis live. When the materials are taken from chimpanzee habitats to be used in electronics, the homes of chimps, gorillas and okapis become disrupted and these animal populations decrease.
If we can recycle our phones and the materials in them, there is less need to disturb the habitats of gorillas and chimpanzees to get new minerals and metals! Also, it keeps electronic waste out of our local Texas landfills!
I want to sign my school/organization up for the 2014 Action for Apes Challenge, how do I do it?
Just visit our website and click the registration button to get started! Once registered, we’ll contact you to send you collection boxes and free shipping labels, so the contest is easy and free!
When can we start the challenge and when does it end?
You can start collecting phones as soon as you register online. The contest ends on APE-ril 30th.
What do we get if we win?!?!
A unique (and HUGE) painting done by the zoo’s chimpanzee troop!! Your group will be able to pick the colors our chimpanzees use on the painting, and you can hang it publicly so everyone will know how hard you worked to save animals in the wild! Both the first and second place schools/organizations will receive recognition on our Houston Zoo Facebook pages and social media outlets.
Who is participating so far?
The following schools, businesses and organizations have joined the 2014 Action for Apes Challenge and are working hard to save animals in the wild!
Aldine 9th Grade School
CLHS Roots & Shoots Club
Cy-Fair High School
Cypress Falls High School
De Zavala Elementary
Dickinson High School
Girl Scout Troop 9457
Hildebrandt Intermediate School
Hoffman Middle School
James DeAnda Elementary School
Jennie Reid Elementary
John and Shamarion Barber Middle School
KIPP ZENITH Academy
Lake Jackson Intermediate
Parkwood Elementary School
Smith Middle School
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and School
Walt Disney Elementary
W.C. Cunningham Middle school
Whole Foods Market Kirby
Thank you to these awesome schools and organizations who have joined the Houston Zoo to help save animals in the wild! If you haven’t signed up for the 2014 Action for Apes Challenge yet, it’s not too late-do it today!