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December 7, 2023

Zoos Victoria Partnership for December

MobileMuster and Zoos Victoria have partnered to offer an exclusive gorilla encounter to encourage more people to recycle their mobile phones this festive season. Every mobile phone recycled contributes to Gorilla conservation in Africa.

As the festive season approaches, many of us are upgrading our mobile phones, leaving old devices unused and forgotten. During December, MobileMuster in partnership with Zoos Victoria, is inviting everyone to recycle their old phones at participating zoos, receive a free coffee, and go into the draw to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes Gorilla experience at Melbourne Zoo.

According to Louise Hyland, CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA),

“An estimated 22 million phones are lying unused in homes across Australia. Of these, 13 million are no longer usable, and we don’t want them to end up in landfill. This time of year – between Black Friday and New Year – is a popular time for people to upgrade their phones. We are asking people not to let old phones become waste, but to recycle them at our MobileMuster collection points at Zoos Victoria locations and be rewarded for it with a free coffee. Not only that, but for every phone recycled MobileMuster will donate funds to Zoos Victoria to help Gorillas in Africa, so it’s all for a great cause.”

MobileMuster has recycled over 16 million phones over the last 25 years, totalling over 2,000 tonnes of mobile phone waste collected. That is the equivalent of removing 5,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere or planting more than 80,000 trees. One in three Australians have already trusted MobileMuster to recycle their phones, and now you can do it and support a good cause.

Every phone dropped at Victoria Zoo locations raises funds to support the work of the Gorilla Doctors, who provide life-saving medical care to wild gorilla populations. Gorilla Doctors is the only organisation in the world dedicated to saving the mountain and eastern lowland (Grauer’s) gorilla species, one gorilla patient at a time, using veterinary medicine and science with a One Health approach.

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