You may be wondering what American Sign Language has to do with Conservation at all. One of the most successful language experiments ever involved a lowland gorilla named Koko. It has been running for over 40 years. It has changed minds and attitudes about what primates are capable of. Gorillas already use a gestural language, which was built upon with the use of ASL. The gorilla can learn, make compound signs and show emotions. This experiment showed how language is key to understanding motivation, and connecting all life. It has garnered donations for land preservation and endangered animals worldwide.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teB-Icrog6E. This one is very long- but well done.
Here are some questions to think about when reading and watching the information on Koko. What were some of the first signs that they taught to Koko? What did she name her cat? Did she have any celebrity visitors? What made her companion Michael an orphan?