Gorilla Caregiver / Researcher

Konner’s interest in animal conservation and primatology started at a young age when he first saw the PBS documentary A Conversation with Koko. Koko’s ability to communicate and care for another species instilled a passion in Konner that followed him throughout his academic career.

He focused his studies on Anthropology at the University of California, Davis where he completed an honors thesis focusing on the genetic origins of Laotian long-tailed macaques.  Upon graduation, Konner was hired as a lab assistant at the university's molecular anthropology lab where he continued to focus his attention on research of non-human primates.

Konner eventually moved to San Mateo and dedicated his Saturdays to become a Gorilla Produce Volunteer. After working as a volunteer for six months, Konner was offered a position as Gorilla Caregiver/Researcher and he accepted the offer immediately. He is thrilled to be part of the Gorilla Foundation and looks forward to ensuring the care of both Koko and Ndume, and helping further the understanding of great apes through interspecies communication for generations to come.

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