Gorilla Foundation

Rating: 2.33 stars   6 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Education, Environment


1733 Woodside Rd Ste 330 PO Box 620530 Woodside CA 94062 USA


The Gorilla Foundation seeks to save great apes from extinction through educating people around the world of gorillas intelligence, emotional capacity, and intrinsic value, through Koko as a spokesperson. Koko is the worlds most famous ape: she communicates using over 1,000 words of American Sign Language, taught to her by Dr. Francine "Penny" Patterson. Koko and her prospective mate are moving to a Preserve on Maui. The climate is more natural for gorillas than our current location, and it is hoped that Koko will mate and teach her offspring sign language. The Preserve may also provide a home to other great apes in need of refuge.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The director of the Gorilla Foundation was taken to court in 2005 (by two different workers) and I took Penny Patterson's side in this scandal. But from the "Chimp Trainer's Daughter" I have learned that even though people donate over a million dollars a year to Penny ... for some reason the inspections of the facility are not what they should be. Penny has two gorillas to take care of, that's it. She is also linked to a gorilla charity in Africa which according to CTD , doesn't exist. I would not give a penny to this charity.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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The Gorilla Foundation has been around for years, and Penny and her team continue to do outstanding work with the gorillas and promoting awareness. When I was in 5th grade, I discovered and read "KoKo's Kitten". The book gave me a new appreciation for the primate world. I began writing letters to the foundation and recieved handwritten responses in return from them, even from Penny herself. I decided to hold a can drive at the elementary school I attend and we raised funds for the gorillas. I received a very special letter and 8x10 picture signed by KoKo herself!! The money they raise is distributed for multiple purposes including the new BIGGER habitat that was built, medical and general care of the gorillas, upkeep of the preserve , awareness and continued studies among a multitude of other things. They rely on donations to continue to do the work they do. I am 28 years old now.....and still love and appreciate the primate species as much as I did when I was a kid! Would LOVE the opportunity to volunteer or work at The Gorilla Foundation! LOVE the work you do!!! Thank You.

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