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American Koko - Netflix

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Akosua Millard, codenamed "Koko", investigates and solves sticky racial situations in a post post-racial America as a member of the E.A.R. Agency (Everybody's A little bit Racist). As she and her team of specialists tackle cases, she herself is trying to reconcile the trauma of her past that has led to outbursts of her Angry Black Woman syndrome. It gets in the way of her work...and more importantly, her dating life as her latest boyfriend may be the downfall to her and the agency.

American Koko - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 10 minutes

Premier: 2017-06-16

American Koko - Koko (gorilla) - Netflix

Hanabiko “Koko” (July 4, 1971 – June 19, 2018) was a female western lowland gorilla who was known for having learned a large number of hand signs from a modified version of American Sign Language (ASL). Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo and lived most of her life in Woodside, California, at The Gorilla Foundation's preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The name “Hanabiko” (花火子), lit. “fireworks child,” is of Japanese origin and is a reference to her date of birth, the Fourth of July. Koko gained public attention upon a report of her having adopted a kitten as a pet and creating a name for him. Her instructor and caregiver, Francine Patterson, reported that Koko was able to understand more than 1,000 signs of what Patterson calls “Gorilla Sign Language” (GSL). In contrast to other experiments attempting to teach sign language to non-human primates, Patterson simultaneously exposed Koko to spoken English from an early age. It was reported that Koko understood approximately 2,000 words of spoken English, in addition to the signs. Koko's life and learning process has been described by Patterson and various collaborators in a number of books, peer-reviewed scientific articles, and on a website. As with other great-ape language experiments, the extent to which Koko mastered and demonstrated language through the use of these signs is disputed. It is generally accepted that she did not use syntax or grammar, and that her use of language did not exceed that of a young human child. However, she has scored between 70–95 on different IQ scales and experts including Mary Lee Jensvold claim that “Koko...[uses] language the same way people do.”

American Koko - In Woodside California - Netflix

After Patterson's research with Koko was completed at Stanford University the gorilla moved to a preserve in Woodside California. At the preserve, Koko lived with another gorilla, Michael, who also learned sign language, but he died in 2000. She lived with a male gorilla, Ndume, until her death. At the preserve, Koko met and interacted with a variety of celebrities including Robin Williams, Fred Rogers, Betty White, William Shatner, Flea, Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter Gabriel, and Sting. Koko's weight of 280 pounds (127 kg) was higher than would be normal for a gorilla in the wild, where the average weight is approximately 150–200 pounds (70–90 kg), but the foundation stated that Koko “is, like her mother, a larger frame Gorilla”.

American Koko - References - Netflix