Koko Takes Notes

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Photographer: Ron Cohn

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Koko likes to write. While she only knows how to write a small number of words, including her own signature, the act of writing seems to make her feel more like a member of the team, and is also a form of creative expression and enrichment – like sign language, art, music, photography and social play.

You”re probably wondering whether Koko would also like to express herself via computers and cell phones. What do you think? And what would be the potential benefits for Koko”s welfare in particular, and gorilla welfare, enrichment, research, education and conservation in general?