Recycle Electronics to Help Animals

To help protect endangered species, the St. Louis chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) invites you to recycle your old cell phones, mp3 players, digital cameras and other electronic hand-held devices. The recycled materials keep items out of landfills and are used to produce new devices without taking the resources from habitats where endangered species would be disturbed.

The funds AAZK receives for recycling go to support conservation projects worldwide. Over the past few years St. Louis AAZK has recycled thousands of devices and supported many different conservation efforts around the world.

Most of the world's known coltan, a mineral used in most high tech equipment, is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. Illegal mining of coltan is subsidizing rebel fighting, exploiting local people and endangering indigenous people and wildlife, including elephants and gorillas, in the second largest rainforest in the world.

Bring Your Phones to the Zoo

Cell phones can be donated at the Welcome Desks at the North and South Entrances between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, or mailed to the Saint Louis Zoo, Cell Phone Recycling, One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110.