Dear Valued Supporter,

First, thanks again for being a monthly donor to The Gorilla Foundation! We really appreciate your loyal support!

Every once in a while I have to ask again for your help, in the form of a special one-time gift, so that we can accelerate our momentum based on new developments, new results and new opportunities to help gorillas.  This is one of those times …

Koko was born on the 4th of July!

It’s been six years since Koko passed away and I still miss her warm loving presence, and the lessons she taught us everyday about how much more alike we are than different.

I invite you to watch the following birthday tribute video to reconnect with Koko’s legacy, and the critical plan we’ve developed to save gorillas from both extinction and captivity.


Our mission of Conservation through Communication focuses on 4 core programs:

1) KokoArc is our multimedia database which preserves five decades of interspecies communication data, insights, and research discoveries about our fellow great apes.

2) KokoApp is our phone app, Koko Signs, which enables people (and other great apes) to learn sign language from a gorilla, and also understand our similarities and differences.

3) KokoKids teaches kids of all ages about Koko and gorilla conservation, and potentially converts gorilla poachers to protectors and advocates.

4) KokoCares focuses on optimizing the care of gorillas in captivity and giving them a path to freedom through an advanced design methodology and strategic partnerships.

You can help us make significant progress on these 4 vital programs by making a special contribution today, on the occasion of Koko’s birthday.

Note: If you make a one-time gift of $100 or more, you’ll receive a beautiful exclusive Koko plush gorilla as a thank you gift.

Thank you so much for caring about the future of gorillas, and having confidence in The Gorilla Foundation (and Koko) to ensure it!

Penny Gives Smoky to Koko

With Koko-Love,
Penny Patterson Signature
Dr. Penny Patterson
President, CEO and Founder
The Gorilla Foundation /

PS:  If you make a one-time gift of $100 or more you’ll receive this exclusive 12-inch tall Koko Plush gorilla as a thank you gift:

Conservation through Communication