Another celebration on the 4th of July! Koko turned 36 !

@Anniedup (3652)
Richards Bay, South Africa
July 5, 2007 2:34am CST
I am a member of the Gorilla Foundation, and have just received photo's of Koko and her 36th birthday blowing out candles on her birthday cake! I am not asking for you guys to join or to make a donation but just to go and have a look at this fantastic site. There are a lot of interesting information on the endangered Gorilla's especially those in Rwanda. Koko is a very special gorilla. Koko loves kittens and she still grieves for her first kitten, All Ball. Her best friend now is a cat called Smoky. Here is the link to see Koko sign, take her daily notes and playing with her cat and other animals, even a bird! http://www.koko.org/friends/research.koko.html "Koko is a 35 year-old lowland gorilla who learned to speak American Sign Language when she was just a baby. Her teacher, Dr. Penny Patterson, began working with Koko as a Ph.D. project at Stanford, thinking it would only be a 4-year study. Thirty-some years later, Penny and Koko continue to work together at the Gorilla Foundation in one of the longest interspecies communication studies ever conducted, the only one with gorillas. Koko now has a vocabulary of over 1000 signs, and understands even more spoken English. Koko has become famous not only for her language capabilities, but also her heart-warming relationship with kittens (captured in the book Koko's Kitten). As Penny says, "she's just as much a person as we are." Koko Signs "Love" Koko's greatest desire is to have a baby. She has indicated that she will teach her children sign language, which will engender the next generation of interspecies communication. Koko has become the ambassador for her critically endangered species. People need to care about a species to save it, and Koko makes people care! The pending completion of the new Maui Ape Preserve by the Gorilla Foundation, and the expansion of our Africa Projects, will help assure the future for Koko, ape language studies, free-living gorillas and other great ape species."
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@yanjiaren (9050)
5 Jul 07
Now this is why I love Mylot..we have absolutely every thing on here lol, even Gorilla's speaking U.S sign language lol.This made me smile and I thank you for the lovely post.I think I had enough of being premenstrual lol and a Hubby that has just turned menopausal!!
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Jul 07
She is so clever I'm glad you enjoyed it! I have a good remedy for a man that is menopausal, just one 'vet klap!' One big fat clout!
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@yanjiaren (9050)
6 Jul 07
I will try it lol..So you speak Afrikaans?
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
10 Jul 07
Yup it is my home language, you should know a few of these Afrikaans words, half my country emigrated to the UK lol!
• United States
5 Jul 07
I remember KoKo. What a job those people must have to be able to work with her. I would love to meet KoKo. I wonder if they are going to match her up with another one so she can have a baby.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Jul 07
They are trying to get a mate for her, because they think she will teach her baby sign lanuage!
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• United States
6 Jul 07
That would be something to watch.
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• New Zealand
6 Jul 07
that is certainly amazing Annie. happy birthday to Koko and her art is very vibrant too!
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Jul 07
This animal is amazing! She not only paints she takes notes as well!
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
5 Jul 07
I haven't seen or heard anything about Koko in such a long time. Thank you for sharing this and the site. Happy belated birthday to Koko. It is amazing how smart animals are.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Jul 07
Because I belong to the Gorilla Foundation, I receive regular updates as to her progress and special events like her birthday. She is a remarkable animal!
@jerryn (819)
• United States
5 Jul 07
Hey my friend, That's truly an amazing story about KOKO. Thanks for sharing site. It's always something to learn here at MyLot. I never knew a Gorilla foundation existed. May God bless you for caring about Koko and being a part of the Gorilla Foundation.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Jul 07
I am an animal fanatic! Land and mountain gorillas are one of my favorites, glad you found it interesting my friend!
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@Zorrogirl (1503)
• South Africa
5 Jul 07
thats so sweet. i love stories like this. its remarkable. now who said animals didnt have emotions.
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