This is the heartwarming story of hope, about a young girl whose love for a gorilla named Koko became a call to action for the future of all gorillas.

It is brought to life by Stella Machado (left), her family, teacher and classmates at La Honda Elementary school in Woodside, California (below) — a stone’s throw from where Koko and Penny lived their extraordinary lives together.

You will live this story with them all, and its message will inspire you to become a “Voice for Nature” by joining Kids4Koko.

Read it, share it and spread the hope for a brighter future for all species.