Cell Phone Recycling Program

Recycling your old cell phones is just one way that we can all lend a hand in preserving the habitat for these amazing primates. Each home in North America has an average of 3-4 cell phones that are waiting to be recycled.

A mineral called coltan is used to coat the electronic components that are part of every cell phone. Coltan is mined in areas where gorillas live. By recycling your phone, you are helping the Calgary Zoo reduce the amount of coltan mined, which can lead to preserving natural gorilla habitat. By keeping cell phones out of the landfill you will also prevent noxious chemicals from leaching into landfills and groundwater.

All monies raised from recycled phones are directed to the Calgary Zoo’s conservation research projects.


  • Bring your old cell phones to the  Calgary Zoo on your next visit.
  • Phones may be dropped off at Guest Relations as you enter the zoo, at  Zoo Security, or with any staff member in the Penguin Plunge building. 

Thank you for supporting wildlife conservation.  

Meerkats plan their day depending on the weather – when the sun warms the surface of their burrows they emerge, but if it’s overcast or raining they stay inside.