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Ndume"s Approach to an Orange

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What should Koko write?

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Daily Picnics Lift Koko"s Spirits

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    [title] => Ambassador Koko Speaks
    [body] => Does Koko look ambassadorial or what with a beautiful scarf draped over her shoulder?  The truth is that when Koko "speaks" (through American Sign Language) people do listen.  Just ask her caregiver/researchers - they take down practically every word she signs in the "Project Koko Diary" which has been recording the "utterances" of Koko, Michael and Ndume for over 30 years. 


The linguistic and behavioral analysis of the Project Koko Diary (and associated photos and videos) will keep researchers busy for years - trying to understand the differences and commonality among human and other great ape communication, its origins, how it develops as a function of environment, and what it means about cognition and consciousness. This will be especially illuminating when Koko gets to teach her offspring to communicate - will it be ASL, GSL (gorilla intrinsic sign/gestural language) or a combination of both?

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The linguistic and behavioral analysis of the Project Koko Diary (and associated photos and videos) will keep researchers busy for years - trying to understand the differences and commonality among human and other great ape communication, its origins, how it develops as a function of environment, and what it means about cognition and consciousness. This will be especially illuminating when Koko gets to teach her offspring to communicate - will it be ASL, GSL (gorilla intrinsic sign/gestural language) or a combination of both?

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The linguistic and behavioral analysis of the Project Koko Diary (and associated photos and videos) will keep researchers busy for years - trying to understand the differences and commonality among human and other great ape communication, its origins, how it develops as a function of environment, and what it means about cognition and consciousness. This will be especially illuminating when Koko gets to teach her offspring to communicate - will it be ASL, GSL (gorilla intrinsic sign/gestural language) or a combination of both?

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Ambassador Koko Speaks

Does Koko look ambassadorial or what with a beautiful scarf draped over her shoulder? The truth is that when Koko "speaks" (through American Sign Language) people do listen. Just ask her caregiver/researchers - they take down practically every word she signs in the "Project Koko Diary" which has been recording the Read more

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Magnificent Ndume in the LimeLight

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Good to the last drop . . .

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    [body] => Koko"s learned ability to communicate with humans in (American) sign language has benefits that we at the Gorilla Foundation often take for granted.  For example, Koko can sign "open" when she wants her caregivers to open her gate to go back inside (or "outside" when she"s inside), "more food" if she"s still hungry after a meal, "apple juice" if she"s "thirsty" for some,  "toilet" when she wants to use the potty, "thank you" when she appreciates something, and "love" (or "Koko love") when she wants to express her feelings about something or someone.


And with a vocabulary of over 1000 signs (used in various combinations and phrases), she usually has little difficulty making herself understood. But the really difficult thing to remember sometimes is that because she understands even more words of spoken English, and has an extraordinary sense of hearing, we have to be very careful not to upset her with stressful topics and "gossip" (a word she often signs) when we"re having our "private" human-to-human conversations. [teaser] => [log] => [revision_timestamp] => 1268436974 [format] => 0 [name] => koko3rw [picture] => [data] => a:5:{s:18:"admin_compact_mode";b:0;s:14:"picture_delete";s:0:"";s:14:"picture_upload";s:0:"";s:5:"block";a:1:{s:5:"block";a:1:{i:1;i:1;}}s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-4d7a94d89c5b5cc28fdb09113cb93437";} [field_source] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Gary Stanley ) ) [field_kokopix_title] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => It"s good when others can understand you ) ) [field_kokopix_description] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Koko"s learned ability to communicate with humans in (American) sign language has benefits that we at the Gorilla Foundation often take for granted. For example, Koko can sign "open" when she wants her caregivers to open her gate to go back inside (or "outside" when she"s inside), "more food" if she"s still hungry after a meal, "apple juice" if she"s "thirsty" for some, "toilet" when she wants to use the potty, "thank you" when she appreciates something, and "love" (or "Koko love") when she wants to express her feelings about something or someone.

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And with a vocabulary of over 1000 signs (used in various combinations and phrases), she usually has little difficulty making herself understood. But the really difficult thing to remember sometimes is that because she understands even more words of spoken English, and has an extraordinary sense of hearing, we have to be very careful not to upset her with stressful topics and "gossip" (a word she often signs) when we"re having our "private" human-to-human conversations. ) ) [field_date_year] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2005 ) ) [webform] => Array ( [addblock] => ) [uuid] => [taxonomy] => Array ( ) [revision_uuid] => )
It"s good when others can understand you

Koko"s learned ability to communicate with humans in (American) sign language has benefits that we at the Gorilla Foundation often take for granted. For example, Koko can sign "open" when she wants her caregivers to open her gate to go back inside (or "outside" when she"s inside), "more food" if she"s still hungry Read more

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    [body] => We use the term "enrichment" a lot at the Gorilla Foundation.  The term generally refers to anything that makes the gorillas" lives more enjoyable, meaningful, rewarding and/or natural (ie, similar in function or effect to what they might experience in a non-captive environment).


Koko and Ndume are given lots of opportunities for enrichment, including food that they have to forage for (placed both high and low in their outdoor enclosures), and items that simulate trees, plants and rocks and that promote climbing, hiding, nesting, playing games and communicating with everyone in their environment - including the humans responsible for their care and well being.

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Thus, of course, sign language (ASL) is both a form of enrichment, and a tool that the gorillas can use to help us evaluate how well we"re doing at providing enrichment.

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Koko and Ndume are given lots of opportunities for enrichment, including food that they have to forage for (placed both high and low in their outdoor enclosures), and items that simulate trees, plants and rocks and that promote climbing, hiding, nesting, playing games and communicating with everyone in their environment - including the humans responsible for their care and well being.

Thus, of course, sign language (ASL) is both a form of enrichment, and a tool that the gorillas can use to help us evaluate how well we"re doing at providing enrichment.

Take a look at the above photo featuring Koko, and see how many enrichment items you can find in her immediate surroundings. ) ) [field_date_year] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2005 ) ) [webform] => Array ( [addblock] => ) [uuid] => [taxonomy] => Array ( ) [revision_uuid] => )
Little Things Enrich Koko"s Life

We use the term "enrichment" a lot at the Gorilla Foundation. The term generally refers to anything that makes the gorillas" lives more enjoyable, meaningful, rewarding and/or natural (ie, similar in function or effect to what they might experience in a non-captive environment). Koko and Ndume are given lots of Read more

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