Albuquerque, N.M. (KKOB) — In 2023, the number of global smartphone users is estimated at 6.8 billion people. Many have been using cellular devices for over a decade, leaving billions more retired iPhones, flip phones, and droids to collect dust in closets around the world. But the ABQ BioPark says there is something even more valuable than your kid’s middle school soccer photos inside those old devices: Coltan. Coltan is a metal that makes your favorite pocket-sized computer more energy efficient. The ore is found in high quantities in the Congo where critically endangered Gorillas and Chimpanzees are being killed off by mining operations. According to the U.N., the lowland gorilla population has fallen by 90% in the Congo over the last five years. By recycling your cell phone at the BioPark this spring, you’ll help ECO-CELL save the species by reducing the need for Coltan and providing funds to animal protection groups near mining locations. In this month’s Good News File, News Radio KKOB’s Haylee Gonzales takes you inside the species-saving initiative at the BioPark.
In addition to the ongoing Gorillas on the Line Project, the BioPark is also hosting Great Ape-ril next month. The celebration features special weekend activities where you and your family can see, learn about, and help the great apes from right here in New Mexico.
April 8, 2023 – Chimpanzees
April 15, 2023 – Orangutans
April 22, 2023 – Gorillas
On Earth Day, April 22, 2023, guests are encouraged to recycle their old phones and small electronics as part of the Gorillas on the line project.