Forests in Central Africa, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo, are at risk of deforestation due to mining for a mineral used in mobile phones
- Mobile phones contain precious materials such as coltan.
- As the world’s demand for the mineral increases, there is little regard for the detrimental impact extensive mining has on the environment and wildlife.
- It is estimated that between 65-80% of the world’s coltan reserves are found in biodiversity rich areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is also home to bonobos, our closest living relatives.
- According to experts, the number of bonobos in the wild has been in decline for the past 30 years and continues to do so.
- Coltan and other parts of consumer electronics are easily recyclable which reduces the pressure on natural resources and wildlife, including bonobos, gorillas and chimpanzees.
What are we doing here at Twycross Zoo?
Twycross Zoo partnered with Clover Environmental Solutions to launch a permanent mobile phone recycling scheme here at the zoo.
It is estimated that there are about 80 million unused mobile phones in the UK alone and from now on we can help our visitors dispose of their old phones responsibly.
What can you do?
- Hand in your old mobile phones for recycling here at the zoo at Guest Services. If you don’t want to come into the actual zoo itself to recycle your phone please let a staff member know in the Himalaya Gift Shop, who will be able to help.
- Phones can also be sent in through the post to: Guest Services, Twycross zoo, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX