Dr. Patterson examines Koko"s mouth, and

Dr. Patterson examines Koko

Posted On: March 12, 2010
Date Taken: April 07, 2008

Photographer: Ron Cohn

Interspecies relationships have a way of evolving, especially if there"s mutual respect. Clearly, mutual respect has been one of the cornerstones of Project Koko, and has enabled Dr. Penny Patterson to develop such a profound relationship with gorilla Koko during their 3-decade relationship that it"s often hard to tell who"s the teacher and who"s the student.

But if one thing has become self evident from all this research, it's this: gorillas deserve our protection, and deserve a voice in the world. And thanks to "ambassador" Koko, they have at least one very articulate one advocating their "critically endangered" cause. Please add your voice to hers.

Dr. Patterson examines Koko

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