Do Your Part
With constant news reports about pollution, global warming, destruction of wildlife habitat, the extinction of species, and more, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and at a loss as to how to make a difference. Not to worry! There are many ways you can initiate change and make a difference in our world, and some are as easy as flicking off a light switch.
Please click on the topics below to learn more about how you can do your part.
Make a contribution
Please consider directly supporting the Zoo's conservation efforts by making a contribution to our current conservation projects. You can make a donation online or mail to:
For more information, please call (805) 962-5339 or email your inquiry.
Volunteer for environmental organizations
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Check your phone book or do an internet search for 'environmental your city' to discover organizations in your area that are dedicated to helping the environment. Some local groups include:
Below is a list of easy things you can do every day!
Water conservation inside your home
Water conservation outside your home
*Before watering your garden, trees, or lawn, check with your city or county for local watering restrictions.
** Check with your local nursery to see which trees they recommend planting. If possible, plant native species.
Recycle Your Old Cell Phone
Santa Barbara Zoo and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International are working together with a company called Eco-Cell to recycle cell phones, help the environment and raise money for gorilla conservation.
Many of us have one or more old cell phones stuck in drawers or closets just waiting for a place to go. You don't want to throw them in the trash because you've heard its bad for the environment. Well, we have a solution for you!
Bring in or mail your old cell phones to the Zoo. Cell phones brought to the Zoo can be recycled in the special containers at the front gate. Cell phones mailed to the Zoo should be labeled Cell Phone Recycling Program, Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. ANY kind of cell phone will be accepted - even the big, heavy ones that were popular 10 years ago and wouldn't come close to fitting in your pocket now. For each cell phone received, a donation will be made to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, the Santa Barbara Zoo's partner for gorilla conservation.
Why Should I Recycle My Phone?
Cell phones also have had a direct effect on wild populations of gorillas. A critical component of cell phones and other small electronics is a substance called coltan. One of the few places in the world where coltan is found is the forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo-right in the middle of gorilla habitat. As a result of mining for coltan, critical habitat has been destroyed and gorillas have been displaced or even killed by poachers. By recycling your phone with us, you will be helping to raise money that will go directly to help these populations of gorillas. First, donations to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International will help further their work to protect gorillas. Second, the reuse of cell phones results in the need for fewer new ones, which in turn reduces the need for coltan mining.
Who Gets the Phones?