Remembering Koko — The Gorilla Who Taught Us What It Means to Be Human

The gentle gorilla, fluent in sign language, changed how humans consider our place in nature

Humans around the world are mourning the death of 46-year-old Koko, the western lowland gorilla who could communicate using a variant of American Sign Language optimized for the anatomy of a gorilla's hands.

Koko rose to world fame quickly in the mid-seventies when word spread that she had learned more than 170 words in American Sign Language, after three years of training — becoming the...

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