TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – ZooTampa is running a recycling campaign for its guests’ electronics this weekend, alongside its celebration of endangered okapi species.
The okapi resembles a zebra and lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa, although the zoo has said that despite its appearance it is more closely related to the giraffe.
One of the main causes of deforestation in Central Africa is old cell phones and other items containing a metal ore called “coltan”, along with the extraction process, according to the zoo.
âWhen metal is mined from these animal habitats, their homes are disrupted and these animal and other plant and animal populations in the same habitat decline,â the zoo said.
Recycling your old cell phones and other portable electronics decreases the need for mining.
ââ¦ Ultimately protecting habitat and saving wildlife,â the event’s Facebook page said.
Items will be collected in front of the zoo school from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 16. Items that can be recycled include cell phones, computers, tablets, set-top boxes, hard drives, modems, routers, flat screens, printers. and more.
Things that cannot be recycled include glass light bulbs, major appliances, televisions, household batteries, and paint, varnish and other chemicals.
ZooTampa supports the Okapi Conservation Project and donates the efforts surrounding World Okapi Day.