National Geographic : 1984 Jun
a FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY GORILLAS ARE TALKING TO US. We've learned, for example, that Koko and Michael, two lively lowland gorillas, are highly sophisticated animals capable of humor, modesty and affection. Using American Sign Language, the conversations have been lively and complex. We've had them cuss us out, we've caught them lying, and we've seen them create names for objects and concepts that were new to them. O The research is adding to our understanding of the great apes-particularly the seriously endangered gorilla-which will further our goal of encouraging the protection, preservation and propagation of anthropoid apes. The benefits for humans are in the teaching methodolo gies we use that can be applied to helping autistic children, the severely retarded, and other handicapped individuals with whom communication is difficult. O The demands of the research create substantial ongoing financial needs that can be met only through contributions and mem berships in the Gorilla Foundation which includes a subscription to our Journal. Michael and Koko would be pleased to welcome you into membership in their organization. All memberships, which start at $15, are tax deductible and may be sent to: THE GORILLA FOUNDATION 17820 Skyline Boulevard Woodside For more information California 94062 on the work of the Gorilla Foundation, see: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC October, 1978, "Conversations with a Gorilla' THE EDUCATION OF KOKO By Francine Patterson and Eugene Linden Holt, Rinehard and Winston, 1981 Available for $15 through the Gorilla Foundation WHAT WE'RE LEARNING FROM THEM STAGGERS THE IMAGINATION.