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Court Orders Meaningful Mediation for Ndume

The Gorilla Foundation caregivers have been a constant part of Ndume’s life for 27 years. They have been there for him, day after day, after CZBG determined that he could not live with other gorillas. For that reason, he was living in solitary confinement at the Cincinnati Zoo. That was the only reason the Zoo was willing to... Read more

The Gorilla Foundation Counters Zoo’s Demand to Transfer Ndume from Sanctuary to Zoo

WOODSIDE, Calif. – Nov. 21, 2018 – In response to the Federal District Court complaint filed by the Cincinnati Zoo, The Gorilla Foundation (TGF) has now filed its answer and a counterclaim. The counterclaim, filed in the state of California,... Read more

Gorilla Foundation Launches Humanitarian Effort to Save Life of Gorilla Ndume

  Gorilla Foundation Launches Humanitarian Effort to Save Life of Gorilla Ndume Ndume, long-time Partner of Koko, recently passed, is under threat of being put back in zoo display by Cincinnati Zoo.   Redwood City, California (October 30,... Read more

The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko

Woodside, CA      Koko — the gorilla known for her extraordinary mastery of sign language, and as the primary ambassador for her endangered species — passed away on the morning of June 19, 2018 in her sleep at the age of... Read more

Koko and Ndume Get a New Roof

We are happy to unveil our newly installed gorilla roof covering Koko and Ndume’s small yard enclosure (see photos)! This is all due to your support, both through your direct donations and by sharing our campaign with your friends and family. After three full days of amazing work by the crew at Saber Roofing, Koko and... Read more

Penny's Perspective on the Harambe Tragedy

PRESS RELEASE for Immediate Release: Woodside, California — The Gorilla Foundation would like to express our deep sadness at the death of Harambe, following the tragic events at the Cincinnati Zoo. Our condolences go out to all those involved and especially Harambe’s Family, Chewie and Mara, and their caregivers. We... Read more

Event: WCN Spring Wildlife Conservation Expo

Join us in supporting wildlife conservation by visiting The Gorilla Foundation’s exhibitor table on Saturday, April 2nd at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA from 10 am to 6 pm.   Sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation... Read more

Dr. Denis Ndeloh-Etiendem Appointed Conservation Field Research Director

In line with The Gorilla Foundation’s redoubled effort to support the compassionate conservation of great apes in their homelands, we have asked Dr. Denis Ndeloh-Etiendem to serve as our Director of Great Ape Field Research. He has accepted! We are... Read more

PRESS RELEASE: Koko Remembers Robin Williams

In 2001, Robin Williams was invited to meet Koko, the gorilla who communicates in sign language, at The Gorilla Foundation in northern California (see photo above). We had no idea what to expect, but everyone was in for a treat, and they became very special friends. On Monday, Aug. 11, the day news broke of Williams' passing, Koko and... Read more

PRESS RELEASE: An Exciting New Focus

The Gorilla Foundation Announces Exciting New Focus, Key Hires and Important Organizational Changes. Important changes will improve protections for Koko and Ndume and renew focus on the Foundation’s mission of preventing gorilla extinction by cultivating worldwide empathy for great apes through communication and education.... Read more

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