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    (July 4, 1971-June 19, 2018)
    Birth name is Hanabi-Ko (Japanese for Fireworks Child)
    Learned American Sign Language
    Taken care of by the Koko Foundation
    There is no real proof that Koko understands what the signs mean as she is taught through operant conditioning.
    She demanded to see the nipples of female caregivers, once invoking a sexual harassment lawsuit.
    Other apes have learned sign language before her.
    Other apes know more signs, or understand more spoken words.
    She calls herself 'fine animal person gorilla' and doesn't like to associate with non-signing gorillas.
    She is often moody and destructive.
    On Seinfeld, George's nickname when he worked for Kruger, was Koko.
    She learned over 1000 signs in American Sign Language.
    She is able to combine sign for new meanings.
    She can understand some spoken English.
    She is the only non-human known to keep other species as pets. She has two cats.
    She participated in a web-chat through a sign language interpreter with over 20,000 people.
    She has a blog.
    Many documentaries have been made about her.
    Her companion, another signing gorilla named Michael, died in 2000.
    She is kept in an institution and rarely allowed outside.

Credit: Lorg Skyegon

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