Support Conservation with Your Old Cell Phones
In honor and celebration of Endangered Species Day on May 20th, Sequoia Park Zoo is introducing a new cell phone recycling program that benefits wildlife and wild habitat. Visitors to the Zoo can drop off their old cell phones in a special bin just inside the Zoo entrance; the phones will be sent to the Eco-Cell Recycling Company whenever the bin is full. Eco-Cell refurbishes the phones for use in developing countries, or recycles their components for use in manufacturing new phones.
This re-use of resources brings two major benefits to wildlife conservation:
· By re-using components, Eco-Cell helps lessen the impact of mining in sensitive gorilla habitat in Africa, where most of the metal used in cell phone components is found.
· Eco-Cell makes a donation to Sequoia Park Zoo for each phone recycled. The Zoo places these donations in the Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Fund, which supports projects to enhance wildlife and habitat conservation.
This conservation program furthers the Sequoia Park Zoo’s mission to engage the community in wildlife conservation. Here is a chance for you to make a difference! Gather up old phones from friends and family and drop them off at the Zoo to help make a difference for wildlife.
If you plan to attend Brew at the Zoo on Saturday, May 21st, bring your old phones with you – the Zoo will happily take them off your hands. The Zoo has also installed a second Eco-Cell bin at the water billing counter in Eureka City Hall at 531 K Street. For more information about Eco-Cell, visit www.eco-cell.com.
The mission of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation is to promote and stimulate interest in the Sequoia Park Zoo and support the zoo’s development, operation and education programs through fundraising, marketing, and other initiatives designed to enhance the zoo experience.