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Gorilla — the Foundation's Annual Journal

The Gorilla Foundation has been publishing the Gorilla Journal since our inception in 1976. This unique publication contains close-up photos and articles about Koko, Michael and Ndume — the only gorillas in the world who have been given the benefit of 2-way communication with humans (through a shared sign language, art, music and other modes of expression). Some of the articles are scientific in nature, others focus on gorilla conservation or care, and there are always special sections that display interspecies dialogues, word for word. The Gorilla Journal also covers the status of gorillas worldwide, as well as those in the Foundation's care. Each edition also features an important section on "you," our loyal supporters, with stories about how you are helping us achieve conservation through communication, from students to teachers to parents to colleagues.

The Gorilla Journal is a must for anyone interested in the inner and outer lives of our fellow great apes, and their implications for humanity.

Sample Gorilla Journals — click on a cover to download the full PDF file
 2007 (Vol. 27, No.1)
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2006  (Vol. 26, No. 1)

  • Cover: Ndume (Koko's chosen mate)
  • The Significance of Project Koko
  • Interspecies Communication
  • New Educational Opportunities.


Fall 2005  (Vol. 25, No. 2)

  • Cover: Koko and Kitten Smoky
  • Koko Taught in Cameroon, Africa
  • Goodbye to Beloved Smoky
  • Michael Crichton Joins the Board


Spring 2003  (Vol. 25, No. 1)

  • Cover: Mister Rogers & Koko
  • Thirty Years of Project Koko
  • "Life'"s Story
  • Solving "Gorilla Puzzles.


Fall 2002  (Vol. 24, No. 2)

  • Cover: Ndume
  • Pretend Play in a Signing Gorilla
  • Talking Gorilla Stories in
    Ekono Leiu Village (Africa)


Spring 2002  (Vol. 24, No. 1)

  • Cover: Penny Teaching Baby Koko
  • Enriching the Lives of Koko & Ndume
  • Celebrating Thirty Years