Friday, November 11, 2005

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - How Cell Phones Are Killing Off Gorillas

It's something we've reported on several times before, but here's another article (from News 8 KFMB, San Diego, California) on the threat to Mountain Gorillas from our insatiable lust for cell-phones and related technology, and the coltan they use. The report also includes a video version.
You would never assume that your cell phone could be connected to gorillas in the Congo, but a shocking new report says cell phones could be partly to blame for the deaths of hundreds of gorillas. If you love animals, and can't get enough of the gorillas at the zoo, this is information you need to know. Our cell phone boom is turning into a gorilla bust.
That's something Cingular, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and Nextel (to name but a few) probably don't mention in their latest super-duper monthly plan literature.

What can you do about it? Well, most definately don't throw away your old cell-phone. Find somewhere to recycle it. The good people at Eco-Cell should be able to help.

Zoo Atlanta have partnered with Eco-Cell in order to raise funds for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.