Koko's name was Hannabi-Ko when she was just born.
Her name meant ''fireworks child'' in Japanese since she was born on July 4, 1997 in The San Francisco Zoo.
I think Koko is SO smart because she learned sign language when she was only one year old and knew more than 500 words! Koko met her caretaker Penny, when she asked if they could research the gorillas there since they are so cute and interesting. Soon, Koko had an illness so she had to be separated from her family. That was when penny took her in, and cared for her ever since. I love Koko!! I think gorilla's are the cutest and one of the smartest animals out there!!
Where I got my pictures!