Koko, Washoe and Human-Animal Relationships



How Koko the gorilla and a chimp named Washoe changed the way humans view their relationship with animals

LA Times

Koko the gorilla died on June 19. She and a female chimpanzee named Washoe (who died in 2007) played an outsized role in changing how we view animal intelligence. Their accomplishments inaugurated deep soul-searching among us humans about the moral basis of our relationship with nature. Koko and Washoe have made it much more difficult for us to treat animals as commodities, in any way we wish…

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