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Can we top Koko's 42nd birthday?

As Koko's 43rd birthday approaches (July 4, 2014), here's a glimpse of how she celebrated her 42nd birthday (2013). We'll do our best to top it, by listening carefully to what she asks for, while paying attention to her current needs. Join us in remembering last year's party, as we prepare for another. You can Read more

Ndume finds enrichment

In this short video clip, Ndume uses a barrel to reach an enrichment item — a puzzle containing food. Enrichment is an important part of a gorilla's day, and of the Foundation's gorilla care and wellness program, for both Koko and Ndume. You can read more about our multifaceted approach to care and wellness — Read more

Koko vocalizes "who" to Mr. Rogers

Koko demonstrates her ability to control her vocalizations and breath in two different situations. First, she demonstrates a "Blow-Test" as a welcome gesture during her meeting with Mister ("Fred") Rogers, vocalizing "who" after Penny and Mister Rogers do. Then, in a separate sequence, she demonstrates a "Blow-Out" Read more

Ndume is one playful gorilla

Ndume (Koko's male companion) enjoys taking afternoon naps in the sun in a nest of blankets. When he's not napping and feels particularly happy, he often plays with his blankets and other enrichment items. In this video Ndume has fun with one of his favorite pieces of enrichment and makes a series of gestures, 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

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 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

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

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

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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