It’s not only people that are mourning the tragic loss of Robin Williams this week. In 2001, Williams visited Koko, at The Gorilla Foundation. Prior to Williams’ visit, Koko hadn’t smiled in six months, since her lifelong gorilla companion, Michael, had passed. Williams not only inspired her to smile and laugh, but Koko was equally talented at getting Williams to laugh. Watch the above video to see how they quickly formed an emotional bond.
“Meeting Koko was unforgettable. Koko used sign language to ask me to play with her. We shared interspecies laughter. I realized how important the work of the Gorilla Foundation is for the future of Koko and her species.”
In March of 2004, Williams again shared the spotlight with Koko in starting a new ad campaign, to help raise awareness of the serious threats to the survival of gorillas. BusinessWire reported Williams to say,
“Thousands of gorillas like Koko are killed every year by poachers in the illegal bushmeat trade. At this rate, free-living gorillas could be wiped off the earth in a few years.”
The Gorilla Foundation asks that “when you remember Robin Williams, remember that he is not only one of the world’s most beloved entertainers, he is also one of the world’s most powerful ambassadors for great ape conservation.”
Help protect the gorillas of Virunga Park, DRC by signing this Care2 petition.
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