Whatever Happened...

An update on past news

Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Isle home in future
for Koko the gorilla

What ever happened to the plan by the Gorilla Foundation to move Koko, the gorilla who communicates through sign language, from Northern California to west Maui?

Koko, who celebrated her 26th birthday on July 4, is doing well at the foundation's facilities in Woodside, Calif.

The foundation still plans to move its operation to a 70-acre site in west Maui and is trying to raise about $2 million to develop facilities and offices.

Foundation president Francine "Penny" Patterson said two male gorillas, Michael and Ndume, also will be moved to Maui facilities, along with Koko's pet cat Smokey.

Donations may be sent to the Gorilla Foundation, Box 620-640, Woodside, Calif. 94062-9901.

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