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Summer Campers Answer the Call to Save Gorillas

Each summer camp season we challenge our campers to collect and recycle more cell phones than any other Zoo camper to get kids active in our Eco-cell program and build awareness about how our efforts can really make a difference in global conservation.  This year we had three young ladies–Cece, Lucy, and Avery– collect over 100 phones for our program.  Their efforts were rewarded a couple of weeks ago when they came to the Zoo for a special treat. They met Zoo Director Thane Maynard and interacted with Primate Team Leader Ron Evans and one of the gorilla groups. They took home a super-sized plush gorilla as a reminder of their contribution to gorilla conservation.

The girls meet Thane and their new plush friend.

The girls meet Thane and their new plush friend.

How does recycling cell phones help save gorillas? Cell phones contain an ore called Coltan, which is mined in endangered gorilla habitat in Africa. Reducing the demand for Coltan lessens the negative impact the mining industry has on gorillas and their habitat. The Zoo’s Saving Species program recycled more than 19,000 cell phones through Eco-cell thanks to efforts of people like Cece, Lucy, and Avery. Got an old cell phone sitting in a drawer at your home? We’ll take it!


November 8, 2012   234 Comments

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to comment #291 – Patty!

“I just love everything about the zoo.  We took our grandchildren and they just loved seeing all of the animals.  Just the look on there face was a winner . They are 3 & 1. Had a great time can’t wait to come back!!”

Patty, you have been sent an email to claim your prize!

A BIG Thank You to everyone who participated!

September 3, 2010   No Comments

Giveaway: Win a Basic Family Membership!

Winning a Basic Family Zoo Membership is FUN for the entire family!

Benefits include:

  • FREE year-round admission to the Cincinnati Zoo
  • FREE admission to PNC Festival of Lights
  • FREE or discounted admission to over 100 other zoos
  • 20% discount at all food service locations
  • 10% gift shop discount
  • Three 1/2-price guest passes
  • Subscription to Wildlife Explorer magazine
  • Invitations to special events and previews

The winner of the Basic Family Membership receives an $84 value which includes standard membership benefits for two named adults, and children in the same household or grandchildren 18 and under.

Entering is EASY:


MANDATORY ENTRY: Simply leave comment on this post and tell us what your favorite thing is at the Cincinnati Zoo!  And,  be sure to include your email address so you can claim your prize.


 or via  RSS – and leave a separate comment on this post telling us you did.
Like the Cincinnat Zoo on Facebook – and leave a separate comment telling us you did OR that you already do.
Follow @CincinnatiZoo on Twitter – and leave a separate comment telling us you did OR that you already do.
Tweet or post to Facebook:I just entered to win a FAMILY MEMBERSHIP to the @CincinnatiZoo! http://tinyurl.com/CincinnatiZoo” – and leave a separate comment on this post telling us you did, including your Twitter handle.


Contest ends Sept. 2nd, 2010, 11pm EST. Winner will be selected using Random.org and will be announced on September 3rd.


August 27, 2010   615 Comments