With Steve Irwin Day 2010 just around the corner, two Beerwah schools have shown what the phrase ‘Khaki It' is all about! Beerwah State Primary School and Beerwah State High School are leading the way in conservation.
A year two class at Beerwah State Primary School have recently finished collecting 212 old mobile phones for the Answer the Call program, to help save gorillas in central Africa from habitat destruction and poaching, just two of the factors driving the largest living primate in the world to extinction.
Coltan is a rare mineral that is used in the production of electronic devices, including mobile phones. Unfortunately, most of the world's coltan reserves are found in the same region as gorillas and the mining for this rare mineral is destroying their last remaining habitat.
By recycling the mobile phones, students at the Beerwah State Primary School are not only reducing the demand for coltan but also helping to raise funds for gorilla conservation.
For every phone that is donated, Australia Zoo will donate the funds raised to gorilla conservation.