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Meet Koko

In this public service announcement, Koko makes a plea to save her species from extinction. Koko is keenly aware of the plight of gorillas in Africa, as Dr. Patterson and other staff have discussed it with her. It is not the number of gorillas left in Africa that troubles Koko, it is the way they are being hunted Read more

Koko "Types" while Ron Films

This is a rare glimpse of Dr. Ron Cohn, Gorilla Foundation co-founder and video-documentarian, filming Koko — as filmed by Dr. Penny Patterson. Koko seems to enjoy "typing" on Penny's computer laptop in a way that "sounds" like real typing, but is not. Does this mean that Koko is interested in actually learning how Read more

Koko's Birthday Carnival

Koko's caregivers outdid themselves this year and transformed her outdoor facility into a virtual "Carnival." This video clip shows a few of the carnival "areas." From the Popcorn Area (which is located near the High Wire area, and was intended for Ndume) to the Snow Cone Area (fake paper snowcones filled with nuts), Read more

Koko's Birthday Buffet

On July 4th, 2008, Koko celebrated her 37th birthday — her 36th with the Gorilla Foundation. Among other birthday surprises, she enjoyed a special birthday lunch, prepared by the staff, but designed by Koko herself (she dictated the menu). In this video you’ll see Koko enjoying some of her favorites from the Read more

Koko practices motherhood with doll

One of Koko's caregivers has just had a baby, and has been keeping the baby close to her in a frontal papoose. Koko emulates her caregiver by holding one of her baby dolls close to her chest too. Koko would love to be a gorilla mom, and takes every opportunity to practice, as you never know when the time will Read more

Koko's Grass Whistle

Koko blows over a blade of grass that she holds stretched between her two thumbs, to make a whistling sound. Sometimes she produces a nice high-pitched whistling sound, and sometimes she doesn't. Either way, Koko has fun trying. She even signs "good" to indicate she approves of her efforts. How did Koko learn to do a Read more

Penny's Insight

This is an excerpt from the introduction to the Meet Koko introduction video. It introduces Project Koko, and features Dr. Penny Patterson, its principle investigator, describing an important insight she gained very shortly after beginning to work with Koko on the first ever interspecies communication study involving Read more

Koko's Keyboard

Koko likes to experiment with many forms of art and technology. Though she has primarily dabbled in painting (see her amazing representational Gorilla Art) she has recently taken up an interest in music too. Here Koko tries out a new, flexible, electronic keyboard, and improvises a little tune (music and rhythm) Read more

Koko's blow-kiss, fake-sneeze

In this video Koko has just blown a kiss to a caregiver job applicant who was leaving he premises, as Penny enters and asks Koko to demonstrate some of her other pre-fabricated vocalizations. In particular, Penny asks Koko to do her "fake sneeze," which she easily accommodates. Some researchers claim that great apes Read more

Koko's Pretend Microphone

In this video, Penny play-acts with Koko, asking her to make believe Penny's pen is a microphone. Koko plays along, and after first kissing the "microphone" does a "huff" vocalization, which she often uses when playing with a telephone or microphone. It seems to be her way of imitating talking — which she clearly Read more

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