You are 1 of 6 billion smartphone users in the world right now. And only about 10% of you will recycle your cellphones.

The resources used to make your cellphone come at a very high cost. The recent boom has encouraged upwards of  10,000 illegal miners to start extracting coltan, an ore used in cellphones, from Africa’s forests. And the Democratic Republic of Congo, a keystone area for chimpanzees and other animals, is at the centre of this activity.

In response, the Forest is Calling campaign has committed over 10,000 Canadians to recycle their cell phones.

When you recycle your cellphone, you help slow down coltan extraction. Reusing and recycling cell phones reduces demand, and thus, reduces illegal mining in protected rainforests.

**Not sure where to start? Take the pledge and we’ll send you info on how to recycle your cellphone.**

Take the Pledge to Recycle Your Cellphone

What We’re Doing to Protect Chimpanzees

Tchimpounga photo, appears on The Forest is Calling page about how to recycle your cellphone.

Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Surrounded by 129,000 acres of dense rainforest and savannah, lies a safe haven for chimpanzees. For almost 30 years, the Tchimpounga Sanctuary has been home to over 200 chimpanzees orphaned, malnourished, or injured by the illegal wildlife trade and deforestation. Thanks to an incredible team of on-the-ground experts, compassionate caregivers, and dedicated local communities, these rescued chimpanzees are given a second chance.

A Brief History of Chimpanzee Conservation, appears on The Forest is Calling page about how to recycle your cellphone.

A Brief History of Chimpanzee Conservation

Chimpanzees haven’t always been a protected species. The conservation efforts now dedicated to protecting them from habitat loss, hunting, medical testing and disease, are recent developments in our long relationship with our closest living non-human relatives.