KokoFlix Videoblog Archive

Learn to Paint with Koko

One way Koko communicates with us is through her art. She not only paints objects she encounters in her environment, but also expresses her thoughts and emotions more abstractly. After carefully selecting just the right brush and colors to work with, she titles her painting using sign language.   A complete Read more

Ndume's Birthday Bonanza

This year (2017) Ndume celebrated his 36th birthday on Oct. 10. Ndume is 10 years younger than his well-known companion, Koko, and loves to party!  The theme for this year’s birthday celebration was “Movie Night” (selected by Koko’s FaceBook community), and featured some of Read more

Koko Loves Betty White's Book

Betty White was on The Gorilla Foundation's Board for over 10 years (2004 - 2016) and visited Koko several times during that period. Recently, Betty sent Koko a signed copy of her book, "If You Ask Me," and Koko enjoyed perusing it — and finding her own chapter ("Koko") in record time ... Read more

Ndume Wants to Play and Tells Us

Ndume is showing his playful side by tossing blankets on his head. His social interaction with caregivers often includes playing like this, or his other favorite game of chase. He ends this round of toss with a string of gestures that express how he's feeling. "Play, Pat-Belly, Slap-Feet, Love, Gorilla, Read more

Koko ROCKS a Flea Bass

Guess who's been playing bass with Koko?   One of Koko's favorite musicians, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers came to visit. Koko was thrilled by the mellow sounds and a jamming session followed with Koko strumming on Flea's bass!   Watch for more news on future collaborations between the Read more

New Koko Documentary on PBS

Watch the new Koko documentary, produced by BBC, and airing on PBS:     Wed., Aug. 3, 2016 at 8pm (Pacific & Eastern)   After you watch the full documentary, come on back to to check out and participate in the top questions (and answers) raised by the new documentary.   From the Read more

Ndume's Rain Walk

Ndume (Koko's male companion) is not a fan of the rain, he hates getting his hands and feet wet, he would fly if he could! Here Ndume is walking bipedally to avoid getting wet. Interestingly, Ndume sometimes walks, or even runs, backwards Read more

Koko's Kittens Grow

Koko's kittens, Ms. Gray and Ms. Black, who appeared first in the video "Meet Koko's New Kittens," are growing into cats. Koko enjoys engaging with them as they grow, and as their personalities and relationships — with each other and with Koko — begin to change. In this video, Koko begins to Read more

Koko: The Voice of Nature at COP21

UPDATE Sep. 22, 2017:  Pope Francis has similar views to Koko about Man's responsibility for climate change. (HuffPost article) Koko was invited to represent the “Voice of Nature” at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, Dec. 1–11, 2015, by NOE Conservation, a non-profit organization Read more

Koko's New Kittens

Koko got her birthday wish this July 4th (2015) — not only did one kitten come to visit, but a whole litter. Koko fell in love with one, and the other fell in love with her. Koko has adopted these two kittens into her family, and it has energized her Read more

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