Death of Koko the Gorilla

July 4, 1971 - June 19, 2018
California | Age 46

Shared her life through sign language…
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If ever there was a living being who inspired a lot of people to think more of the inner lives of animals, it was Koko, the gorilla who used sign language. She died in her sleep Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the age of 46, the Gorilla Foundation announced in a press release late Wednesday night.

Koko — short for her full name, Hanabiko, Japanese for "fireworks child," because she was born on the Fourth of July, 1971 — spent most of her life at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside,...

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