Zoo News

Apr 10, 2019


During “APE-RIL” the Buffalo Zoo along with six community partners have joined more than 25 zoos and aquariums across the nation to collect and recycle unused cell phones, small electronic devices, and battery chargers. The Buffalo Zoo is a proud participant in the Gorillas on the Line…Answering the Call nationwide effort to gather 10,000 or more cell phones across the United States.

Many guests may not realize, but a wide variety of small electronics contain the metallic ore named coltan. Coltan is found and mined mostly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is also home to critically endangered gorillas and other important species. As the demand for phones and other small electronics grows every day, mining for coltan has led to the destruction of many of the habitats for these animals leaving them at risk of extinction. In fact, the United Nations has reported that in the past five years the eastern lowland gorilla population in the Congo has declined 90 percent.

Partners in the community recycling drive in Buffalo include Buffalo and Erie County Libraries, Canisius College, Delta Sonic, Erie County Government, Aquarium of Niagara and Niagara County Community College.

On April 27, 2019, the Buffalo Zoo will host its own collection event, and every guest who brings one device will receive $1.00 off regular admission (limit is one eligible device per guest).  Funds raised during the day will go directly to gorilla conservation. Guests who visit the Zoo on April 27 can enjoy the APE-RIL celebration, where we’ll say “happy birthday” to Sidney the gorilla with special enrichment opportunities, keeper talks and more.

“We’re so thankful to our partners who ‘answered the call’ in the fight to save gorillas. We encourage everyone to drop off their devices at a location that is convenient for them, and we’ll do the rest.  By properly recycling your cell phones you can help save these animals by reducing the demand for coltan,” said Tiffany Vanderwerf, Chief Conservation Officer at the Buffalo Zoo.

Participants can drop eligible devices at the following public locations:


Date Community Partner Location
April 13 Central (downtown) Library 1 Lafayette Sq, Buffalo NY 14203
April 13 Crane Branch Library 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
April 13 Dudley Branch Library 2010 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14220
April 13 East Clinton Branch Library 1929 Clinton St, Buffalo, NY 14206
April 13 Frank Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208
April 13 Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library 280 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201
April 13 Kenmore Branch Library 160 Delaware Rd, Kenmore, NY 14217
April 13 Lancaster Public Library 5466 Broadway, Lancaster, NY 14086
April 13 Leroy R. Coles, Jr. Branch Library 1187 E Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215
April 13 North Park Branch Library 975 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
April 13 Orchard Park Public Library 4570 S Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127
April 13 Riverside Branch Library 820 Tonawanda St, Buffalo, NY 14207
April 13 Town of Collins Public Library 2341 Main St, Collins, NY 14034
April 15 Canisius College 2001 Main St, Buffalo NY 14208
April 15 NCCC 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132
April 19 Aquarium of Niagara 701 Whirlpool St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
April 20 Delta Sonic 1355 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst NY 14222
April 20 Delta Sonic 4973 Transit Road, Williamsville NY 14221
April 20 Delta Sonic 2285 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga NY 14225
April 20 Delta Sonic 2590 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14216
April 20 Delta Sonic 1264 Main St, Buffalo NY 14209
April 20 Delta Sonic Niagara Falls Blvd. & 80th St, Niagara Falls NY 14304
April 20 Delta Sonic 1006 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo NY 14220
April 20 Delta Sonic 350 Langner Road, West Seneca NY 14224
April 20 Delta Sonic 3205 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park NY 14127
April 27 Buffalo Zoo 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo NY 14214

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