June 5th, 2004

Welcome to The Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute

The Gorilla Foundation Mission Statement
To bring interspecies communication to the public, in order to save gorillas from extinction, and inspire our children to create a better future for all the great apes.
Established in 1976, The Gorilla Foundation/Koko.org promotes the protection, preservation and propagation of gorillas. Project Koko, a primary focus of TGF/Koko.org, involves teaching a modified form of American Sign Language to two lowland gorillas, Koko and Michael. In addition, TGF/Koko.org is developing a unique preserve for gorillas on the island of Maui, Hawaii.

Welcome to Central Washington University's Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI).
The Institute is a sanctuary for a unique family of chimpanzees who have acquired the signs of American Sign Language (ASL) and use those signs in conversations with each other and their human companions! The chimpanzees' accomplishments are a scientific first and have resulted in a better understanding of ourselves, as well as our place and role in nature. This was achieved by accepting the chimpanzees on their terms, as much as possible, and thus the chimpanzees' needs are given special consideration. We have found that good empirical research can and must be humane in the treatment of the chimpanzees. This entails developing ways to improve the living conditions for captive chimpanzees that meet both their physical and psychological needs.