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Francine 'Penny' Patterson
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Animal Expert
    (February 13, 1947- )
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Best known for teaching Koko and other gorillas a modified form of American Sign Language
    President and director of the Gorilla Foundation (Woodside, California)
    Wrote children’s book ‘Koko’s Kitten’ (1987)
    Noam Chomsky and other linguists are skeptical of her claims that apes can learn language.
    She refuses to allow her data about Koko’s language abilities to be independently verified.
    Her closeness to Koko may make it impossible for her to study her objectively.
    Three female employees sued the Gorilla Foundation after Patterson asked them to expose their nipples to Koko, claiming Koko was bored with hers (2005).
    The Gorilla Foundation once failed a health and safety inspection and was fined 300 dollars.
    She once moderated an online chat session featuring Koko on AOL.
    Her mother died when Patterson was a freshman, leaving her in charge of six younger siblings.
    She has worked continuously with Koko since 1972.
    Her work with Koko helped disprove the popular notion that gorillas are fierce and unmanageable.
    She plans to relocate the Gorilla Foundation to a location in Hawaii closer to gorillas’ natural habitat.
    She has raised awareness of the environmental threats facing gorillas.
    Her work suggests that apes have the same basic mental makeup as humans.

Credit: Georgina

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