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Sign language isn't the only mode Koko uses to communicate with her caregivers. She'll often uses a pen to select choices for food, enrichment or comfort from a pre-printed sheet, or sketch something that she might want or be interested in. Sometimes Koko takes a while to consider her choices, and other times she'll know and express herself immediately. Having multiple means for expressing yourself — signs, phrase cards or sheets, art and movie and book selections, all help Koko convey her needs, wants, thoughts and feelings.

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Koko Ponders her Choices

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Koko uses her small binoculars to explore her room.  She's also fond of looking into telescopes and microscopes.  Likes, shes' curious about her world.  The big question is:  what will the world look like in 2018 for gorillas and other great apes?

We at The Gorilla Foundation will be doing our best to ensure that the future looks brighter not just for Koko, but for her entire species!

Thank you for your support, which is vital for us to succeed ...

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Looking Ahead to 2018 ...

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Koko loves to read birthday cards addressed to her.  She has been reading since she was a baby gorilla and Dr. Penny Patterson read to her while speaking and signing simultaneously.

We're not sure exactly how much written English she understands, as we've never tested her reading comprehension (only her signing comprehension), but we know she understands a lot of words, and indicates which cards she likes best by kissing them, and handing them to Penny.

We've published some of her favorites on her website, here.

You can also send Koko your own belated birthday message — we're reviewing them with her through September, and will continue to publish her favortes as new ones arise.

Thank you for being such an inspiration to Koko, the Gorilla Foundation, and all of our supporters around the world.

Your words encourage us to expand Koko's influence around the world, to share her abilities with other captive great apes, and to accelerate our path to conservation through communication.

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Koko loves your bday cards

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Koko adopted two kittens on her 44th birthday — Ms. Gray and Ms. Black.  She nurtured and protected them as if they were her own babies, and they have grown up quite nicely,  Just the other day, Ms. Gray (shown above as a kitten) asked Koko if she could scratch her back, by scratching Koko's leg and looking up into her eyes.  As a kitten, Ms. Gray (and occasionally Ms. Black) used to spontaneously help Penny scratch Koko's back (see the video).

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Koko and Ms. Gray as a Kitten

Koko adopted two kittens on her 44th birthday — Ms. Gray and Ms. Black.  She nurtured and protected them as if they were her own babies, and they have grown up quite nicely,  Just the other day, Ms. Gray (shown above as a kitten) asked Koko if she could scratch her back, by scratching Koko's leg and Read more

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Koko’s Christmas

Koko investigates her Santa hat and ultimately decides that it makes a perfect blush brush to cherry up her cheeks in preparation for Christmas Read more

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Tender Moments With Ms. Gray

Koko loves spending quality time with her kittens!  Here she gently strokes Ms. Gray while gazing at her Read more

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This adorable picture of Koko with her hairbrush was posted to our Facebook page where we asked you to provide the caption.  After reading over 860 creative responses, we have chosen our winner!

Winning Caption: Kim Halliday"Enough singing into this hairbrush... What do you mean American Idol is over??"

Runner-up: Ana Keller"'I don't always brush my hair, but when I do, I prefer to use my trusty old brush' - The Most Interesting Gorilla in the World..."

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Caption Contest

This adorable picture of Koko with her hairbrush was posted to our Facebook page where we asked you to provide the caption.  After reading over 860 creative responses, we have chosen our winner! Winning Caption: Kim Halliday - "Enough singing into this hairbrush... What do you mean American Idol Read more

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Koko was recently asked to  act as an Ambassador for Nature at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, on behalf of the preservation of biodiversity (i.e., the protection of endangered species of all kinds, and our shared habitat).

Koko is a "natural" ambassador for Nature, as she is so connected to it.  She enjoys spending hours outside in Nature (when the weather is nice enough), and eating natural (unprocessed)  foods, like fruits and vegetables.  And she has a natural instinct for relating to ohter species (humans, cats, dogs, frogs, birds, insects, etc.) in harmonious ways.  And of course, like most gorillas, she was born with a natural gift for communicating via gestures and vocalizations, a gift that we simply helped her adapt and amplify (by teaching her ASL) so that she could be understood by humans. 

And now, after all these years of  communicating with humans, she is able to put that gift to perhaps its most profound use ever, by asking us to "protect the Earth" so that we may all enjoy a sustainable future.  Thank you, Koko!

 

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Koko and Nature

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When Koko knows there is going to be a party, like any other gal she puts on her party dress. Koko whipped this outfit together in a hurry, she used a table cloth and designed it herself!

Stay tuned for more birthday pictures and updates tomorrow when her birthday festivities begin!

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Koko anticipates her birthday party

When Koko knows there is going to be a party, like any other gal she puts on her party dress. Koko whipped this outfit together in a hurry, she used a table cloth and designed it herself! Stay tuned for more birthday pictures and updates tomorrow when her birthday festivities Read more

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Koko is napping blissfully in her nest, next to her Water Baby doll. Koko often takes naps during the day to recharge her batteries.

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Sweet Dreams, Koko

Koko is napping blissfully in her nest, next to her Water Baby doll. Koko often takes naps during the day to recharge her Read more

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