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    [title] => Ndume celebrates his 24th birthday (Oct. 10) today
    [body] => Ndume"s birthday was actually on Oct. 10, but we decided to celebrate it one week later so there would be time to assemble presents (for both Ndume and Koko) and have a proper gathering.   While Ndume doesn"t make a big deal about his birthdays, he does appreciate the attention, and we will be sure to share this year"s birthday photo ops with you later in the week, so you can see Ndume"s surprise responses for yourself.


Note: Ndume is 10 years younger than Koko, which makes him an ideal mate for her. Will this be the year of mating, or will it take a higher female-to-male ratio and/or a warmer climate? [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] => Ndume celebrates his 24th birthday (Oct. ) ) [field_kokopix_description] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Ndume"s birthday was actually on Oct. 10, but we decided to celebrate it one week later so there would be time to assemble presents (for both Ndume and Koko) and have a proper gathering. While Ndume doesn"t make a big deal about his birthdays, he does appreciate the attention, and we will be sure to share this year"s birthday photo ops with you later in the week, so you can see Ndume"s surprise responses for yourself.

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Ndume celebrates his 24th birthday (Oct.

Ndume"s birthday was actually on Oct. 10, but we decided to celebrate it one week later so there would be time to assemble presents (for both Ndume and Koko) and have a proper gathering. While Ndume doesn"t make a big deal about his birthdays, he does appreciate the attention, and we will be sure to share this Read more

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    [title] => Daily Picnics Lift Koko"s Spirits
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Daily Picnics Lift Koko"s Spirits

Koko likes to eat outside as much as possible (naturally) but unlike most gorillas, she has accumulated some accoutrements from her anthropocentric environment. Notice the picnic blanket, picnic basket and the band of small stuffed animals looking over her shoulder. This simply makes Koko, like every other creature Read more

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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.

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Little Things Enrich Koko"s Life

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    [body] => Gorillas like Koko don"t tend to waste food (unless they"re not feeling well).  This must make our produce coordinator and volunteers feel very appreciated; preparing large quantities of fresh food in creative and balanced arrangements and watching them disappear the same day.


It"s also interesting that (like humans) the "order" in which the gorillas eat the foods on their meal trays indicates their taste preferences - something we are beginning to track very carefully and correlate with nutritional content in a new USDA-based database being integrated with other databases at the Gorilla Foundation. [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] => Good to the last drop . . . ) ) [field_kokopix_description] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Gorillas like Koko don"t tend to waste food (unless they"re not feeling well). This must make our produce coordinator and volunteers feel very appreciated; preparing large quantities of fresh food in creative and balanced arrangements and watching them disappear the same day.

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Good to the last drop . . .

Gorillas like Koko don"t tend to waste food (unless they"re not feeling well). This must make our produce coordinator and volunteers feel very appreciated; preparing large quantities of fresh food in creative and balanced arrangements and watching them disappear the same day. It"s also interesting that (like Read more

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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

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