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Penny's Perspective on the Harambe Tragedy

PRESS RELEASE for Immediate Release: Woodside, California — The Gorilla Foundation would like to express our deep sadness at the death of Harambe, following the tragic events at the Cincinnati Zoo. Our condolences go out to all those involved and especially Harambe’s Family, Chewie and Mara, and their caregivers. We... Read more

Event: WCN Spring Wildlife Conservation Expo

Join us in supporting wildlife conservation by visiting The Gorilla Foundation’s exhibitor table on Saturday, April 2nd at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA from 10 am to 6 pm.   Sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation... Read more

Dr. Denis Ndeloh-Etiendem Appointed Conservation Field Research Director

In line with The Gorilla Foundation’s redoubled effort to support the compassionate conservation of great apes in their homelands, we have asked Dr. Denis Ndeloh-Etiendem to serve as our Director of Great Ape Field Research. He has accepted! We are... Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Koko Remembers Robin Williams

In 2001, Robin Williams was invited to meet Koko, the gorilla who communicates in sign language, at The Gorilla Foundation in northern California (see photo above). We had no idea what to expect, but everyone was in for a treat, and they became very special friends. On Monday, Aug. 11, the day news broke of Williams' passing, Koko and... Read more

PRESS RELEASE: An Exciting New Focus

The Gorilla Foundation Announces Exciting New Focus, Key Hires and Important Organizational Changes. Important changes will improve protections for Koko and Ndume and renew focus on the Foundation’s mission of preventing gorilla extinction by cultivating worldwide empathy for great apes through communication and education.... Read more

Koko's got a new website!

The Gorilla Foundation has been (not so secretly) developing a new website for about 4 years now. Finally, in Spring of 2014, the project reached critical mass and was officially launched on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — in time for Koko’s 43rd birthday. In addition to using more modern technology, the new website is intended... Read more

Dr. Ken Gold, Managing Director of Gorilla Care and Research

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ken Gold as the Gorilla Foundation's Managing Director of Gorilla Care and Research. Dr. Ken Gold is a primatologist who has worked with primates in the zoo, conservation, laboratory and welfare community for more than 30... Read more

Gorilla Foundation Supports Bing Nursery School at Stanford University

Bing Nursery School celebrated the 25th anniversary of it's Harvest Moon Auction on November 9th raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the scholarship fund for children ages 2-5. Koko has a special friend at Bing and donated one of her art prints that... Read more

An audience with Koko the 'talking' gorilla

UK author Alex Hannaford  published the following article about Koko in tThe Telegraph: She knows more than 2,000 words, has friends in high places and loves cats and old films. But in her 40th year, Koko the ‘talking’ gorilla seeks a new... Read more

The Gorilla Foundation Leverages Social Media

Redwood City, CA – March 24, 2010 —The Gorilla Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on interspecies communication, and home to Koko the famous lowland gorilla, is using social media networks to great success. Through the use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, for example, Koko’s daily experiences, thoughts and... Read more

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