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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 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'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

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

Ndume's 27th Birthday

Ndume celebrated his 27th birthday on Oct. 13, 2008. The Gorilla Foundation's caregivers decided to send him to the "moon" for this special occasion. They decorated his outdoor enclosure as well as his indoor suite with spacey apparatus such as rocket ships, moon rocks and alien-looking food. Ndume was thrilled, as Read more

Penny Patterson's 3-Part Message

In this message from Dr. Penny Patterson, president, co-founder and director of research for the Gorilla Foundation / Koko.org, Penny makes 3 simple points: 1) Gorillas have become increasingly endangered in Africa over the past 30 years, a situation that has caused the Gorilla Foundation to focus much of its Read more

Koko Reads Animalia

Koko looks through a new picture book sent to her as a gift from a Gorilla Foundation volunteer, Kimberly Sullivan. Koko signs about certain pictures that she likes: for example “flowers” when she sees some pretty flowers, “red” (and “lipstick drink”) when she sees a picture of red cats (she used to have a Read more

Koko Plays with a Yellow Balloon

Penny asks Koko to do something imaginative with a yellow balloon. Koko compares it to her yellow-dyed tongue (the result of sucking on a non-toxic yellow marker earlier that day), then does some juggling with the balloon and finally pretends it is a baby (at Penny's request). Koko is clear about how to treat a baby Read more

Penny's Radio Interview for SF Art Benefit

Dr. Penny Patterson, the Gorilla Foundation's president and director of research, is interviewed by Liz St. John on FM Radio 97.3 ("Alice" in San Francisco) about the upcoming Art Benefit and Silent Auction for gorillas, to be held on Nov. 18, 2008 at the Minna Galler in San Francisco. Penny describes the event and Read more

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