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MOLLY BRANYAN
Gorilla Caregiver / Researcher

Molly graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelors of Science in Primate Behavior and Ecology and a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology. While attending college, Molly received training at the Chimpanzee Human Communication Institute in Washington, home to a family of Chimpanzees who use American Sign Language as their primary form of communication.

Following her college graduation, Molly began working as a caregiver at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary for New World Primates in Gainesville, Florida. She later continued on to work as a Kennel and Veterinary Technician at the Alachua County Humane Society in Gainesville, Florida.

Missing her previous experience working with great apes, Molly then decided to join The Gorilla Foundation, where she found that she was well- prepared to communicate with gorillas Koko and Ndume, using a combination of American Sign Language, spoken English, and focused attention to their expressed wants and needs.

Molly believes that Project Koko has been able to help bring awareness to the intelligence and emotional complexity of Gorillas, which is a key factor in getting people to relate to and respect wildlife. The research that has been collected through observing Koko, Michael and Ndume continues to help evoke empathy and understanding from the global community to support both the conservation of wildlife, and the enrichment of their lives in captivity, and Molly looks forward to applying her skills to accelerate that trend.

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