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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

Koko eats all her veggies

Koko eats a breakfast largely comprised of vegetables, and finishes every last bit. She starts with a plastic container full of cooked, mixed vegetables, which she delicately eats with a spoon. Then she proceeds to crunch on a hand full of string beans, before calling it a breakfast. Ron (Dr. Ron Cohn, co-founder, VP Read more

Koko Critiques Her Painting

Koko loves to paint, and has produced some beautiful works of art, including an abstract painting she calls “Love,” a representational painting she calls “Bird,” which is based on an actual bluebird that used to visit her, and a painting she calls “Pink, Pink, Stink, Nice Drink,” based on a photo she saw Read more

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