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A mother mountain gorilla holds her baby in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda on Sept. 4, 2015.
January 7, 2016 Do animals "get" that when they mate, babies may result? The science says no, but anthropologist Barbara J. King says we shouldn't discount other evidence for animals' abstract thinking.
Despite recent gains, Virunga's endangered mountain gorilla population is still under threat from poaching.
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November 7, 2014 Virunga, a new documentary on the Congolese park, premieres Friday on Netflix. We spoke to the chief warden about endangered mountain gorillas, oil speculators and the power of tourism.
After several news outlets reported that a man dressed as a gorilla was shot with a tranquilizer gun, a zoo in Tenerife, Spain, wants to be clear: There was no gorilla suit involved.
June 6, 2014 The Loro Parque Zoo in Tenerife, Spain, made headlines after a zookeeper was accidentally hit with a tranquilizer dart. He's doing fine, and the zoo wants to clarify: No gorilla suit was involved.
Patrick at the Dallas Zoo
October 3, 2013 Recently the media had a field day with reports of a "sexist" male gorilla in Dallas named Patrick. Anthropologist Barbara King reflects on whether terms like "sexism" and "rape" are used justifiably when describing our evolutionary cousins the apes.
September 27, 2012 The apes Koko, Kanzi and Panbanisha are famous for their language abilities. Commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King considers whether these abilities are being blown out of proportion with reality.
February 4, 2012 To supplement Barbara's post from Thursday, here are some video clips of Koko the gorilla's breath control as she plays with a recorder and a harmonica.
Koko with a recorder
Ronald H. Cohn/The Gorilla Foundation
February 2, 2012 When Koko the gorilla plays tones on a recorder, she skillfully controls her breathing patterns. Commentator Barbara J. King explains why this is unexpected for a gorilla — and what it may mean for challenging ourselves to learn new skills throughout life.
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