Gorilla’s Twitter Poetry Contest

A Haiku writing contest is being held in honor of Koko the gorilla who will be forty years old soon. The contest began June 8, 2011 and closes June 30. Winners will be announced on July 4 to celebrate her fortieth birthday. First place prize is a color painting made by Koko the gorilla. Second is a DVD and book about Koko, and third prize is a stuffed toy gorilla.

To enter the contest, write a poem about Koko’s importance to you or to the world of 17 syllables total, with three lines of 5-7-5 syllables. Each line of the poem should be separated by a comma. Then tweet your Haiku to @kokotweets account with the hashtag #kokohaiku.

Their example is: @kokotweets Koko gives us love, humanity sits up straight, depth of being known #kokohaiku

TheGorilla Foundation provides a home and caretaking for Koko. They are dedicated to gorilla research, education and conservation.

In addition to tweeting your Haiku, post your Haiku in the comments of this article in order for Care2 readers to enjoy…

Image Credit: Koko.org

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Debra Griffin
Missy G5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

Prochi T.
Prochi T6 years ago

Wish you Koko a very happy birthday. May you have many many more birthdays and an enjoyable life.

Velmapearl Hawkins
Velma Hawkins6 years ago

koko is a wonderful inspiration, period!! Hope she lives many more decades......i just hope to get to see her in person one day.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

good idea

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks Jake.

Brigid C.
Brigid C6 years ago

I think this is great. People get to say happy birthday in a creative way!

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Gayle J.
Gayle, J6 years ago

Love you Koko! You are an inspiration to all!